Instagram's Following Activity Tab Is Going Away

Instagram is removing the "Following" tab -- a feed that shows the likes, comments, follows of your friends. "Beginning this week, the heart tab will display only your own activity," reports BuzzFeed News. From the report: Instagram launched its "Following" tab as an early feature back in 2011, long before its Explore tab debuted. At the time, Following was the best way to discover new content, since it would show you things your friends were liking. But that's no longer true now that Explore ha...
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SEO vs PPC: A Quick Guide to Online Marketing

by Robert Clough Search engine marketing is better than Pay Per Click (PPC) marketing on almost every occasion. However, there are many times when the search engines are not your friend, in which case the SEO vs PPC argument starts to apply. Here are the answers to the questions you haven't asked yet but should and which will guide your marketing strategy. SEO (Search Engine Optimization) Ranking up the search engines is just as important as being seen on the search engines. Neverthele...
Tags: Google, Yahoo, Seo, Ppc, Bing, Search Engine Optimization, Google Bing, Robert Clough, Pay Per Click (PPC, Searchengineguide

Adobe Is Deactivating All Venezuelan Accounts To Comply With US Sanctions

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: Adobe is shutting down service for users in Venezuela in order to comply with a U.S. executive order issued in August that prohibits trade with the country. The company sent out an email to customers in Venezuela today to let them know their accounts would be deactivated, and posted a support document further explaining the decision. In the document, Adobe explains: "The U.S. Government issued Executive Order 13884, the practical effect of whic...
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Supreme Court Allows Blind People To Sue Retailers If Their Websites Are Not Accessible

The Supreme Court on Monday cleared the way Monday for blind people to sue retailers if their websites are not accessible to these people. "In a potentially far-reaching move, the justices turned down an appeal from Domino's and let stand a 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling holding that the Americans With Disabilities Act protects access not just to restaurants and stores, but also to the websites and apps of those businesses," reports Los Angeles Times. From the report: Guillermo Robles, who ...
Tags: Supreme Court, Los Angeles, Tech, Ada, Los Angeles Times, Domino, 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit, U S Chamber of Commerce, Robles, Supreme Court Allows Blind People To Sue Retailers, Guillermo Robles

Automatic License Plate Readers Are Making Getaway Cars Extinct

An anonymous reader shares a report: On Tuesday, Sept. 10, the Total Choice Credit Union in Laplace, Louisiana was robbed. At approximately 3:06 pm, a man in his early thirties walked in wearing jeans, a white shirt, sunglasses, and a brown dreadlock wig, according to a now-unsealed complaint filed last month in US federal court. He passed a handwritten note to one of the tellers which read: "ROBBERY. I DON'T WANT TO (HURT) OR (KILL) YOU OR ANYONE IN HERE SO I AM GOING TO GIVE YOU (FIVE SECONDS)...
Tags: US, Tech, American Civil Liberties Union ACLU, LaPlace Louisiana, Total Choice Credit Union

Slashdot Asks: What Did You Like/Dislike About iTunes?

iTunes is officially dead with the release of macOS Catalina today. Apple decided to break apart the app into separate Apple Music, Podcasts and TV apps. "Each is better at its individuals task than it was as a section within iTunes, which was teetering on collapse like the Jenga tower of various functions it supports," writes Dieter Bohn via The Verge. "In the early days, iTunes was simply a way to get music onto Apple's marquee product, the iPod music player," reports Snopes. "Users connecte...
Tags: Apple, Tech, Catalina, Slashdot, Dieter Bohn

Should You Quit Marketing and Become a Data Scientist Instead? (Thinks Out Loud Episode 261)

Looking to drive results for your business? Click here to learn more. Should You Quit Marketing and Become a Data Scientist Instead? (Thinks Out Loud Episode 261) — Headlines and Show Notes Given the rise of data science in marketing, whether for personalization, AI, predictive analytics, or whatever comes down the pike next, you wouldn't be criticized for asking whether you should quit marketing and become a data scientist. But is that really a good idea? Is the future of marketing noth...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Lyft, Podcast, Marketing, Strategy, Seo, E-commerce, Artificial Intelligence, Data Science, Jeff Bezos, Data Scientist, Thinks Out Loud, Bezos

Supreme Court Lets Lawsuit Claiming Domino's Website Violates Americans With Disabilities Act Proceed

The Supreme Court declined to give Domino’s Pizza Inc. an out from a lawsuit arguing that its website is inaccessible to people with blindness, denying a petition on Monday that could have allowed the company to evade facing the plaintiff in court.Read more...
Tags: Ecommerce, Science, Design, Technology, Supreme Court, Accessibility, Disability, Retail, Dominos, Americans with Disabilities Act, Blind, E Commerce, Blindness, Domino 's Pizza Inc

SCOTUS Lets Lawsuit Claiming Domino's Website Violates Americans With Disabilities Act Proceed

The Supreme Court declined to give Domino’s Pizza Inc. an out from a lawsuit arguing that its website is inaccessible to people with blindness, denying a petition on Monday that could have allowed the company to evade facing the plaintiff in court.Read more...
Tags: Ecommerce, Science, Design, Technology, Supreme Court, Accessibility, Disability, Retail, Dominos, Americans with Disabilities Act, Blind, E Commerce, Blindness, Domino 's Pizza Inc

Google is Testing Search Results Without URLs via @MattGSouthern

Google appears to be testing the complete removal of URLs from search results, displaying only the website name instead.The post Google is Testing Search Results Without URLs via @MattGSouthern appeared first on Search Engine Journal.
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Mars Curiosity Rover finds evidence of an ancient oasis on Mars

On its latest trek through the Gale Crater on Mars, the Curiosity Rover has discovered evidence that’s leading . scientists to believe that there was an oasis at the base of that 150-kilometer-wide crater. Curiosity scientists described the scene in an article in “Nature Geoscience” published earlier this week. Researchers analyzing data from the Rover are extrapolating from the data that rocks enriched by mineral salts are evidence of briny ponds that went through periods of drying out and o...
Tags: TC, California, Tech, Nasa, Tennessee, Planets, South America, Team, Mars, Caltech, Pasadena Calif, Nature Geoscience, Mount Sharp, Gale Crater, Rapin, William Rapin

This gaming controller’s layout adapts to suit the mobile game you’re playing

You could be one of the billion people playing Fortnite or Clash of Clans, or even Pokémon Go on your phone. The point is that even though all of them are technically mobile games, their controls are completely different and require different interfaces for effective gameplay. Some need complex joystick movements, some simple swipes and taps. LumiControl’s design brief was to design a controller to cater to them all.The mobile joycon titled ‘LumiControl’ comes with two grips and an expandable de...
Tags: Gadgets, Gaming, Games, Design, Awards, Smartphone, Controller, Cellphones, Product Design, Wayne Wang, JoyCon, Red Dot Awards: Design Concept, Red Dot Concept 2019, Lumicontrol

Getting a New Mobile Number in China Will Soon Involve a Facial-Recognition Test

China is taking every measure it can to verify the identities of its over 850 million mobile internet users. From a report: From Dec. 1, people applying for new mobile and data services will have to have their faces scanned by telecom providers, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology said in a Sept. 27 statement. MIIT said the step was part of its efforts to "safeguard the legitimate rights and interests of citizens in the cyberspace" and to control phone and internet fraud. In addi...
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MacOS 'Catalina' 10.15 comes packed with exclusive security fixes – gee, thanks, Apple

New OS squashes bugs, older versions will have to wait Apple has taken the opportunity of its official macOS Catalina release on Monday to close more than a dozen security holes in the desktop operating system.…
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US seeks to blacklist Chinese artificial intelligence firms

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States is blacklisting a group of Chinese tech companies that develop facial recognition and other artificial intelligence technology that the U.S. says is being used to repress China’s Muslim minority groups. A move Monday by the U.S. Commerce Department seeks to put the companies on a so-called Entity List for […]
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Turning the John Wick movies into a video game

The game, John Wick Hex, translates the film's fast paced combat into a top-down strategy game.
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‘The Elephant Queen’ Trailer: Apple Gets Theatrical With This Nature Documentary

Apple is beefing up its participation in the streaming wars with AppleTV+, but one of its upcoming streaming titles is debuting in theaters before it lands on the upcoming streaming service. The Elephant Queen, a new nature documentary about a family of pachyderms who must traverse the harsh African savanna in order to survive, is hitting theaters in just a few days, and it marks a return to the plains for Chiwetel Ejiofor, who narrates this doc and tried to usurp the Pride Rock throne as Scar ...
Tags: Apple, Movies, Documentary, Movie Trailers, Jon Favreau, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Athena, Deeble, The Elephant Queen, Mark Deeble, Victoria Stone

The Privacy Trade-Offs of Cheap Android Smartphones

Fast Company highlights some of the "privacy nightmares" surrounding low-cost Android smartphones, which can be very attractive for those on a tight budget. One example is the MYA2 MyPhone: According to an analysis by the advocacy group Privacy International, a $17 Android smartphone called MYA2 MyPhone, which was launched in December 2017, has a host of privacy problems that make its owner vulnerable to hackers and to data-hungry tech companies. First, it comes with an outdated version of Andro...
Tags: Tech, Philippines, Privacy International, Facebook Lite, Myphone

Trailer for 'The Elephant Queen' Doc Following an Elephant Matriarch

"Home is a watering hole in paradise." AppleTV+ has debuted an official trailer for an indie documentary titled The Elephant Queen, a full 96 minute doc film that is one of the first to be available exclusively on Apple's new TV+ streaming service. The film is also getting a small theatrical release later this month, if you're going to be around NY or LA. "The Elephant Queen" is Athena, a majestic elephant matriarch, who leads her family across an unforgiving, yet cinematic natural landscape...
Tags: Apple, Movies, Trailer, Documentaries, Ny, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Athena, To Watch, Alex Heffes

Video Game Trailers: ‘Iron Man VR’ Pits Tony Stark Against Ghost, and ‘Marvel’s Avengers’ Features Kamala Khan as a Playable Character

While the Marvel Cinematic Universe has come to a turning point in the aftermath of Avengers: Endgame, Marvel video games are trying to take things to the next level. Next year will see the release of two new games – Iron Man VR and Marvel’s Avengers – and new trailers for each of them debuted over the weekend during New York Comic Con. In Iron Man VR, players step inside Tony Stark’s suit and face off against Ghost (whom you may remember as one of the antagonists in Ant-Man and the Wasp), and ...
Tags: Google, New York, Movies, Video Games, Avengers, AAA, Marvel Cinematic Universe, Tony, Kamala, Tony Stark, Tom Holland, Peter Parker, Ultron, Kamala Khan, Stark Tower, Marvel's Avengers

Linus Torvalds Isn't Worried About Microsoft Taking Over Linux

An anonymous reader quotes a report from ZDNet: At the 2019 Linux Plumbers Conference, I talked to Linus Torvalds and several other of the Linux kernel's top programmers. They universally agreed Microsoft wants to control Linux, but they're not worried about it. That's because Linux, by its very nature and its GPL2 open-source licensing, can't be controlled by any single third-party. Torvalds said: "The whole anti-Microsoft thing was sometimes funny as a joke, but not really. Today, they're actu...
Tags: Microsoft, Tech, Ibm, Linus Torvalds, Torvalds, Linux Microsoft, James Bottomley, Bottomley, Linus Torvalds Isn

Researchers discover quantum vibrations at room temperature

A team of researchers from MIT and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology have successfully coaxed a single quantum vibration from a diamond at room temperature. This breakthrough represents yet another giant chip in the veneer separating the classical universe we see from the quantum one beneath. Another way of putting it: The hippies were right about quantum vibrations and the power of crystals. Under normal circumstances, in order to observe quantum phenomena, scientists have to work with ...
Tags: Startups, Science, Tech, Mit, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology

Femtech: Right time, wrong term?

The 'femtech' label for women's health tech is flourishing but not everybody is a fan.
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How 3D technology is capturing the world

From computer games to railway tracks, capturing 3D images in exquisite detail is now big business.
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Google Search Console Adds New Reports for Video Search Results via @MattGSouthern

Google is adding two new reports in Search Console that provide site owners with more data on video search results.The post Google Search Console Adds New Reports for Video Search Results via @MattGSouthern appeared first on Search Engine Journal.
Tags: Google, Tools, News, Seo

Cybersecurity, The C-Suite, & The Boardroom: The Rising Specter Of Director & Officer Liability

The law is moving towards potential liability, so don’t have your company (or client) delay implementing something soon concerning data security.
Tags: Technology, Law, Cybersecurity, Data Security, Data Breaches, Corporate Boards, Tom Kulik

Best cheap Apple Watch deals for October 2019

The Apple Watch has surged to prominence in recent years. If you're in the market for an iOS wearable, we've sniffed out the best Apple Watch deals available right now.
Tags: Apple, Deals, Wearables, Trends, Apple Watch Series 3, Apple Watch deals, Apple Watch Series 4

Group Nine acquires PopSugar

Group Nine — the digital media company formed by the merger of Thrillist, NowThis, The Dodo and Seeker — just announced that it has reached an agreement to acquire women’s lifestyle publisher PopSugar. The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, but The Wall Street Journal reports that it’s an all-stock transaction that values PopSugar at more than $300 million. PopSugar was founded by husband-and-wife Brian and Lisa Sugar in 2006, and previously raised $41 million in funding from Sequoi...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, Media, Tech, Brian, Sequoia Capital, Wall Street Journal, IVP, Vox Media, Michael Moritz, Sequoia, Group Nine, Popsugar, Group Nine Media, Ben Lerer, Lisa Sugar

Innovation In Law: An Oxymoron?

Change doesn’t always come easy, but it’s worth it in the end.
Tags: Technology, Law, Innovation, Biglaw, Fenwick & West, Olga V. Mack, Alicia Ryan

macOS Catalina is here; Final Cut update, Logic compatibility, don’t update your Mac yet

macOS Catalina is here as a free update today, along with updated information on Apple’s own pro apps. But music users should continue to delay upgrading for now. I’ve already written about what changes in macOS Catalina, and why many DAWs, plug-ins, and hardware drivers will be incompatible without updates. You can read that full deep dive, which also includes resources on how to backup your system if you do want to upgrade, and how to retrieve previous macOS versions in case you want to up...
Tags: Apple, Music, Metal, Mac, Final Cut Pro, Tech, Software, Gpu, Motion, Hdr, Music Tech, 10.15, Tom, Catalina, Logic Pro X, Steinberg

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