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 Tinder today is launching a new application for social polling. The company announced the debut of “Tinder Stacks,” an app for iMessage users that will let you use the “swipe to like” gesture the dating app popularized for anything you want – whether that’s polling your friends which photo should be your new profile picture, what outfit should should wear… Read More

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 It’s a software feature that used the two lenses of the iPhone 7 Plus to create the look and feel of an image shot with portrait settings on a camera with a telephoto lens. Simply put: a pleasing blur that separates the foreground (person) from the background (other junk). I’m going to get a bit wonky in this piece because I feel the context will be sorely lacking once this… Read More

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 As any Etsy seller will tell you, photography is up there with the top most important parts of your sales listing. And yet, there’s a load of sellers who are great at making doo-dahs, but who post photos that are, frankly, embarrassing. Orangemonkie fixes that with smart and easy-to-use lightboxes and turntables, making photography fool-proof for online sellers. Read More

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 As the debate over kids and screen time rages on, Amazon offers up a happy medium of sorts. The online retail giant is selling a bundled version of its Kindle focused specifically on young readers. The package features the latest version of the company’s base-level e-reader, coupled with some extras, including a free cover – which is apparently family-friendly thanks to a… Read More

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 Agriculture tech startup BrightFarms has raised $30.1 million in Series C funding to bring its high-tech greenhouses, and fresh produce, across the U.S. The company is on a mission to make all fresh fruit and vegetables locally, rather than require them to be hauled from long distances or imported from overseas before they are sold at groceries. Taking a page from the playbook of solar… Read More

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 Whether in the once-sizzling pages of Valleywag or on the screen of HBO, most of SV can, at the very least, tolerate a good roast. Either way, we’d better all be ready. The next roast is coming soon in the form of SOMA, The Musical. SOMA is a new comedy about SV’s worst offenders — the breathless founders, the sleazy venture capitalists and yes, even the touchy tech media. Read More

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 The EpiPen, a spring-loaded device full epinephrine, of has entered the pantheon of modern pharmaceutical chicanery of late after its maker raised its price to $600 a unit. Now, however, you can make your own EpiPencil for about $30. The EpiPencil is a project by the Four Thieves Vinegar Collective, a group of pharma hackers who are trying to loosen medicine from its arguably necessary… Read More

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 Developers call it “growth hacking.” Recipients call it spam. The latest app to engage in the less-than-wholesome practice of asking users to text invite links to your entire contact list is Everalbum. The fast-growing photo-sharing and backup service climbed to the top of the iOS charts earlier this year ahead of launching on Android, but later decided that organic growth and… Read More

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 There’s a new digital team at the American of Society of Composers, Authors, and Performers. ASCAP is a nonprofit organization that helps songwriters track and get paid for performances of their work. (It says it has 585,000 members, with 2015 revenues topping $1 billion.) The organization hasn’t exactly ignored the online world before this — for one thing, it hired… Read More

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 The shoes you’ve been waiting for since roughly 1989 finally have a release date. After months of teasing the HyperAdapt 1.0, Nike is finally ready to bring its self-lacing shoes to the mass market. A PR rep for the company took to Twitter to announce that the wearables (we can call them that, right?) will arrive on November 28th. The shoemaker has been playing around with the idea for… Read More

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 Earlier this month, YouTube launched its own social network of sorts with the debut of YouTube Community; now it’s enlisting help from viewers to help moderate it, along with other content on the video-sharing site. The company has announced the launch of a new, crowdsourced moderation program called “YouTube Heroes,” which asks volunteers to perform tasks like flagging… Read More

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 Apple, the tech company, is negotiating with McLaren, the car manufacturer, according to the Financial Times. Yes, you’ve read that correctly. These negotiations have been ongoing for months and could lead to an acquisition, or at least a strategic investment. More precisely, Apple is talking with McLaren Technology Group, the parent company of all things McLaren, including McLaren… Read More

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Here is an audio version of the below article as how it should be read. (Play it while you read for an extra special experience) The spot was Magic Mountain, California. It was a hot summer day — much like the days my grandfather endured when he toiled under the sun, laying asphalt in the jungle. A day when you could sip ice-cold lemonade and it would offer a reprieve like no other –… Read More

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 You could go in for the full-throated nostalgia of an instant printer like the Fujifilm Instax or that new dealie from Leica, or you can pick up one of these things and let your smartphone do all of the heavy lifting. HP’s new Sprocket is a pint-sized affair, priced at $130 — $70 less than the long-awaited Fujifilm Instax Share SP-2 and about the same as the company’s… Read More

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 Z Cam just launched its S1 camera. Aimed at the VR crowd, it captures four perfectly synchronized 4K streams for high-end 360 video recording. The company is gunning for GoPro’s $15k Odyssey rig. Z Cam’s team claims that its sleek four-eyed beast can match Odyssey’s video quality at a tenth of the price, with far shorter post-processing times and the option for real-time… Read More

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 Tesla founder and CEO Elon Musk just revealed that the 8.0 update which includes big Autopilot improvements will begin going live for Model S and Model X owners later tonight. The over-the-air update brings a host of improvements, which add up to what Musk calls “a major overhaul on almost every level compared to V7.” V8.0 starts downloading tonight. Release will be gradual to… Read More

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 Facebook is live streaming the presidential debates with help from ABC News, and Twitter this morning announced it will host its own live streams, courtesy of a Bloomberg partnership. NBC, however, in an effort out-tech them all, will instead stream the debates in virtual reality. Welcome to the future, where watching TV is that weird thing that only grandma still does. NBC says it’s… Read More

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 Slowly but surely Michael Kors is becoming a technology brand. The company recently lent its name to an Android smartwatch. I tried it out. It was, I don’t know, fine I guess. But mostly it was really, really big. That product was the result of a longstanding partnership with Fossil that essentially brought smartwatch guts to two of the luxury brand’s existing watches. Now the… Read More

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 If you spotted the iPhone 7 Plus launch and hung your head in sadness because the dual lenses weren’t for 3D photography, Kúla’s new Bebe might be the solution you’re looking for. The product splits your lens in half, taking a photo from two different angles at once, turning it into a 3D scene. Read More

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 Twitter will be live streaming all of the U.S. Presidential and Vice Presidential debates, beginning Monday, September 26. The streams will come from Bloomberg TV’s live broadcast, and are part of the partnership the social network announced with Twitter earlier this year. Streams of the debates will be available via Twitter.com, as well as on its various native apps via Moments and… Read More

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 Imagine for a moment that you’re riding in one of John Zimmer’s proposed autonomous sleeper cars and you’re fast asleep on a road trip across the state. All of the sensors on the vehicle are collecting data so that standard components like the engine and steering systems don’t kill you. At sub-second intervals, some believe your car could generate nearly a gigabyte… Read More

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 Online furniture and home furnishings retailer Pepperfry has raised $31 million to expand its business across India. Read More

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 Group messaging continues to be a problem that large organizations have trouble solving. And its an area where venture investors have spent millions. While many people use Slack, or communications tools from Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and others, there’s no unified system for managing messaging. That’s what Mobilize aims to be. The company raised $6.5 million in new financing… Read More

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 Netflix is looking to shift its content mix even further towards original TV and movies, with a goal of achieving a 50 percent mix between its own programming and stuff licensed for its use by outside studios. The 50-50 target was revealed by Netflix CFO David Wells at the Goldman Sach’s Communacopia conference on Tuesday (via Variety), and Wells added that they’d like to hit that… Read More

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 Congressional Republicans have recently taken a new hostage in their never-ending stream of threats to shut down the government. This time, their target is the transfer of control of usually unseen clerical functions that keep the internet working. Somehow this arcane transition has become one of the major hurdles to funding the government. So how did we get here? The story actually started… Read More

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