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by on April 7, 2018
Confession: I’m A Grown Man Who Has Spent Over $45,000 On Legos DARYL AUSTIN Daryl Austin in front of Rockefeller Center in New York City. Last year, I was a contestant on ABC’s “Match Game.” I knew millions of people would be watching me, and I chose that moment to confess to the world that I love to collect Legos. The audience sniggered, and the six celebrity panelists exchanged quizzical looks. Host Alec Baldwin quipped, “Daryl, friend to friend, it may be time to Le-go of your c...
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by on April 5, 2018
“This is what I want to do when I grow up!” Carly Gloge does what some Star Wars fans may dream about: she makes the franchise’s beloved droids come to life—at least in a tiny robotic toy form. The Calgary-born programmer made a name for herself in Boulder, Colorado where she started her tech-toy career, making mobile games for kids. Although Gloge was trained as a designer, she discovered her passion for data science as an entrepreneur when she co-founded Ubooly, app-enabled toy company i...
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by on April 5, 2018
Joanna Griffiths started Knixwear five years ago by trusting a gut feeling. As a publicist with Universal Music, Griffiths pursued an MBA in France, thinking she would lead a media company someday. Being in a new environment and having what she calls “space to breathe” completely changed her mindset. Griffiths came out of the program with a business idea: leakproof underwear for women—a concept she fell in love with, but wasn’t sure women would actually buy. She called the company Knixwear...
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by on April 4, 2018
The Musical.ly founders are singing a happy tune as sources say the company has been sold for as much as $1 billion. The company has been acquired by the Chinese news and information site Beijing Bytedance Technology Co., sources familiar with the matter told the Wall Street Journal. The Shanghai-based Musical.ly was founded in 2014 by Alex Zhu and Lulu Yang. It is an app popular with teens and tweens, used to lip-sync popular songs and mimic dances in video form. A user creates a video selfi...
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by on April 2, 2018
One of the largest companies in the world is planning on making a flagship service free for consumers. Amazon is developing a free, ad-supported complement to its Prime video streaming service, according to reports from AdAge. The massive e-commerce company is in discussion with TV networks, movie studios and other outlets about creating or providing programming for the free service. The current Prime service is $99 a year and delivers free shipping of Amazon products, but also comes with ...
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by on April 2, 2018
TextNow is expanding its low-cost cell phone plans to families in the United States. Recently named one of Canada’s fastest growing companies, Waterloo-based TextNow is making it possible for current American subscribers to add up to ten additional lines—each with their own number and plan—to take advantage of the wireless carrier’s unlimited calling and texting. The new TextNow Family Plan also includes designated high-speed data usage amounts for each connected member, meaning users don’...
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by on March 31, 2018
Finding the best route to a new coffee shop has never looked so good. Google Maps has released an updated design to their popular directions platform that will roll out over the next few weeks, as the driving, navigation, transit and explore maps have been refreshed to highlight important information much more clearly. In the new design, if a user is driving and using the navigation map face, gas stations will be highlighted, whereas transit mappers will be pointed towards bus, subway and ...
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by on March 31, 2018
Tesla has finished installing its massive Powerpack system in South Australia, officially becoming the world’s largest lithium-ion battery. Capable of powering over 30,000 homes, the colossal battery project was finished ahead of schedule too—at least according to a 100-day deadline Tesla CEO Elon Musk set for the company. Musk made a wager in March on Twitter, proclaiming if the project wasn’t finished in 100 days from when the contract was signed, he’d cover the estimated $50-million bil...
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by on March 31, 2018
Snapchat unveiled what its redesigned app will look like, revealing an algorithm-driven personalized interface that separates friend-created messaging from branded content. The company explained in a blog post that mixing photos and videos by friends with content from professional content creators fuels the spread of fake news and ultimately affects how a user engages with the app. “Social media fueled ‘fake news’ because content designed to be shared by friends is not necessarily content ...
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by on March 31, 2018
Smartphones are failing to accurately track active minutes in a day, according to new research from the University of British Columbia. A UBC study found the iPhone’s built-in pedometer that tracks steps in the phone’s Health app misses on average 21.5 per cent of steps a day compared to a purpose-built accelerometer used for tracking. The findings were gathered after tracking study participants’ activity over three days, discovering the iPhone didn’t register on average 1,340 steps a day—...
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by on March 31, 2018
Google is levelling up the world of make-believe with new augmented reality stickers for its line of Pixel phones. AR Stickers on Pixel launched today, allowing users to add virtual characters, 3D text and interactive emojis to the photos and videos they capture on their phones. In the phone’s native camera app, users switch to AR Stickers mode to see the sticker packs they can choose from, including characters from Strangers Things and Star Wars. To superimpose the AR stickers, simply ...
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by on March 31, 2018
With all the new digital methods to pay for goods and services, it can be a bit confusing keeping track of it all. Google is trying to streamline things with a new announcement, combining all of their different payment services into one offering: Google Pay. This means Android Pay, Google Wallet and more will all be consolidated into one simple-to-manage interface. With Google Pay, payment information saved in a Google account will be available everywhere a Google product is used. This mig...
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