Archive | April 2018

Facebook’s facial recognition feature could help find missing persons

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Facebook’s new facial recognition features makes some people uneasy, but the tool could help find missing people.

Australian organisation Missing Persons Action Network (MPAN) has launched a campaign called Invisible Friends, asking people to add the profiles of missing people as friends on the social media platform.

Facebook’s new facial recognition tools will automatically tag people in photos, even if they’re in the background. Users will be notified, and asked if they want to be tagged in the photos.

These profiles of missing people, like …

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This entry was posted on April 30, 2018, in Mashable.

Opera discontinues its mobile VPN app

Opera’s free mobile VPN app wasn’t long for this world, unfortunately. The browser maker has discontinued both its Android and iOS VPN clients after SurfEasy, the developer Opera had acquired in 2015, parted ways with the company. We’ve asked about t… …read more      

A brief history of the epic Twitter beef between T-Mobile and Sprint

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If you’ve been a close observer of T-Mobile CEO John Legere’s Twitter feed, you were likely as surprised as anyone when he confirmed that his company had finally signed onto a $26.5 billion deal to merge with Sprint.

Not because the two companies had tried and failed at a similar deal two times before, though, but because Legere actually had some nice things to say about his longtime competitor.

While the outspoken CEO has been known for his extremely blunt tweets, he’s reserved his harshest words for other carriers (he was …

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This entry was posted on April 30, 2018, in Mashable.

Kid has the most dramatic ‘run’ to home base during little league game

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This kid has a future in acting.

During a very intense name of little league baseball, the coach told @TabbyRodriguez’s younger cousin Lenn to “run home as fast as he can.” The little boy did not disappoint, running from third base to home in glorious slow motion.

If any of you need a laugh, the coach told my cousin to run home as fast as he can and he delivered pic.twitter.com/VpBBzIEtzf

— ratby (@TabbyRodriguez) April 29, 2018

How could you not hear the Chariots of Fire theme song while watching Lenn run? …

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This entry was posted on April 30, 2018, in Mashable.

’13 Reasons Why’ announces Season 2 premiere date with a new trailer

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13 Reasons Why is back and, by the looks of the latest trailer, you better be prepared for even more teenage hardships.

The trailer juxtaposes all of the characters lives both before and after the suicide that connects them all. It’s an interesting stylistic choice, and perhaps indicative of the shifts we’ve heard about in terms of the popular but controversial Netflix show’s approach to mature topics in the new season.

You’ll be able to start binge-watching Season 2 on May 18. …

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This entry was posted on April 30, 2018, in Mashable.

Watch Tesla’s Autopilot automatically avoid a swerving semi-truck

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Tesla’s semi-autonomous driving mode, Autopilot, did what it’s supposed to do — move the car out of harm’s way.

In a video from last week, a driver in a Tesla Model X was traveling on I-95 in North Carolina when a swerving semi-truck suddenly came into the Tesla’s lane. The electric car automatically moves over onto the empty shoulder to avoid the oncoming traffic, and the driver then proceeds to move into the fast lane behind the truck.

YouTuber Jeremy Visnesky seems to document the live-saving moments in the semi-autonomous vehicle. Visnesky shared …

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This entry was posted on April 30, 2018, in Mashable.

WhatsApp cofounder leaves following Cambridge Analytica scandal

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The man who Mark Zuckerberg says taught him about the power of encryption is leaving the Facebook family.

The departure of WhatsApp CEO and cofunder Jan Koum comes after Facebook’s biggest privacy scandal to date. And six months after WhatsApp cofounder Brian Acton left the company and joined the #DeleteFacebook movement. Facebook bought the chat app, which highlights and promotes encryption and user privacy, in 2014 for $19 billion.

In a Monday Facebook post, Koum wrote it was time for him to “move on.” He plans to spend time “collecting rare air-cooled Porsches, working on my cars and playing ultimate frisbee.” …

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This entry was posted on April 30, 2018, in Mashable.