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HQ Trivia & Vine Co-Founder Colin Kroll Found Dead of Apparent Drug Overdose

Colin Kroll, the CEO and co-founder of the popular HQ Trivia app, was found dead early Sunday morning (Dec. 16) of a suspected drug overdose. He was 35 years old. According to TMZ, Kroll’s girlfriend called police early Sunday to do a welfare check after she was unable to get in touch with him. When police arrived at his Manhattan apartment, he was found unresponsive lying face down in his bed with drug paraphernalia nearby and pronounced dead at the scene by EMS responders, the Daily Beast repo...
Tags: Games, New York Post, Yahoo, Drugs, New York City, Tech, Mobile Apps, Pop Culture, Manhattan, Jazz, Vine, Time Magazine, EMS, The Daily Beast, Cto, Rus Yusopov


In the future, smartphone displays will be embedded in our eyewear

Probably for the first time, spectacle wearers may be at a strategic advantage as North acquired all of Intel’s Vault AR patents. The company aims to build and launch, in the near future, smart AR glasses that are incredibly light and indistinguishable from regular glasses. They’re stylish (and look nothing like the abomination that was Google Glass), and come with a module built into the side of the glasses (the stem) that projects an image on your spectacle lens and uses the glass of your ey...
Tags: Google, Gadgets, Glasses, Design, Wearable, Intel, Smartphone, Eyewear, Hud, Ar, North, Display, Smart Glasses, Patent, Alexa, Product Design


The KEZ Wearable Keeps an Eye on Kids & Elders When You’re Not Around

It took Apple a few years to realize the potential of the Apple Watch, or the wearable device. It wasn’t made to be a scaled-down version of your phone. It had the potential for being something MUCH more personal, much more useful. The wrist-wearable is increasingly proving to be a great health/fitness/wellness device. It sits on your wrist, with the ability to read and track your pulse, body temperature, your location, your activity, and even if you’ve fallen and hurt yourself. The smartphone...
Tags: Apple, Deals, Design, Technology, Emergency, Popular, Product Design, Random, Kez, Smart Band, Think of the KEZ Wearable, KEZ Core


YD JOB ALERT: Ammunition Group is looking for an Industrial Design Intern

Ammunition Group was founded by Robert Brunner in 2007, after having led the design team as Director of Industrial Design at Apple (he was succeeded by Jonathan Ive), and having been a partner at design powerhouse Pentagram for nearly a decade. Ammunition’s reputation precedes it as the company went on to create some of the most memorable products we’ve seen and loved today, from Ember’s self-heating coffee mug, to Lyft’s reinvented taxi light, to probably their magnum opus, the Beats by Dre bra...
Tags: Apple, Design, US, San Francisco, Jonathan Ive, Job Board, Product Design, Industrial-design, San Francisco USA, Dre, Brunner, Intern, SolidWorks, Ammunition, Robert Brunner, YD Job Alert


The BIG List: Digital Marketing Conferences in 2019

There’s significant value in attending conferences. Networking, team building, reinforcing and learning tactics, speaking opportunities and the list continues. And while daily blog skimming is a great way to keep up with the latest changes in the PPC industry, just like your college foreign language course, immersion makes the difference. By removing yourself from your desk and into a 2-3 day learning environment, you’ll find it’s not only refreshing, but it will give you a competitive advantag...
Tags: Google, Learning, California, Sem, Ppc, Austin, Marriott, Portland Oregon, Pacific Northwest, Bologna, Ppc Industry, Austin Texas, Boston Massachusetts, Atlanta Georgia, Park City Utah, St Louis Missouri


Test your knowledge of the year’s top trends with Game of the Year

Is Wakanda real? What’s up with that racoon on the skyscraper? Is it Laurel, or is it Yanny? And who exactly is Kiki?Take a stroll through Google Search trends and you’ll discover a lot of fun stuff about the year, from royal weddings and major news events to unexpected memes and breakthrough stars. And while the headlines of 2018 will look pretty familiar, what trended the most on Search can be quite surprising. How well do you know what the world searched for this year? Game of the Ye...
Tags: Google, Google Search, Search, Trudeau, Justin, Yanny, Bieber Timberlake


The Google Assistant can now alert you of potential flight delays

If you’re an experienced frequent traveler, then you know that plenty of your delays are due to your plane being stuck somewhere else or because the weather at your local or arrival airport isn’t ideal (I’m looking at you, fogged in SFO in the morning). So you also know to check on your incoming flight, even when the airline tells you everything is fine, and the FAA’s airspace status pages. But maybe you are not a frequent flier (be glad and rejoice) or don’t care to go through that process. In ...
Tags: Google, Tech, Newark, Sfo, Faa


Apple Signs Fast and Furious Director Justin Lin to Overall TV Deal

Apple signs Fast and Furious director Justin Lin to overall TV deal Filmmaker Justin Lin has inked a deal with Apple for an exclusive overall TV development pact. According to Variety, Lin’s Perfect Storm Entertainment banner will create content exclusively for Apple’s upcoming streaming service. PB = PB || {}; PB.gptStandAlone = PB.gptStandAlone || {}; PB.gptAutoRefresh = PB.gptAutoRefresh || {'gptAds':[], 'gptStandAlone':[]}; googletag.cm...
Tags: Apple, TV, Movies, TV News, Tokyo, Cbs, Justin Lin, Lin, Sony Pictures TV, CBS Scorpion, Apple Signs Fast, Apple Lin


Google Opens Document Editing To Users Without a Google Account

Google has listened to user feedback and is currently testing a feature that will let G Suite users invite non-Google account holders to view, comment, suggest edits, and even directly edit Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides files. From a report: This wasn't possible until now, and G Suite users could only share documents and request feedback from users that owned a Google account. The way this new feature will work is via PINs (Personal Identification Numbers). Google said that G Suite users would...
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Amazon Wants To Curb Selling 'CRaP' Items it Can't Profit On, Like Bottled Water and Snacks: Report

Amazon is rethinking its strategy around some items it sells which it calls internally "Can't realize a profit" -- or "CRaP" for short, according to the Wall Street Journal. From the report: Inside Amazon, the items are known as CRaP, short for "Can't Realize a Profit." Think bottled beverages or snack foods [Editor's note: the link may be paywalled; alternative source]. The products tend to be priced at $15 or less, are sold directly by Amazon, and are heavy or bulky and therefore costly to shi...
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CenturyLink Blocked Its Customers' Internet Access in Order To Show an Ad

CenturyLink briefly disabled the Internet connections of customers in Utah last week and allowed them back online only after they acknowledged an offer to purchase filtering software. From a report: CenturyLink falsely claimed that it was required to do so by a Utah state law that says ISPs must notify customers "of the ability to block material harmful to minors." In fact, the new law requires only that ISPs notify customers of their filtering software options "in a conspicuous manner"; it does...
Tags: Utah, Tech, Federal Communications Commission, Centurylink, Rich Snapp


A.I. in 2019: IBM Exec on Advances in Training, Trust, Transparency

[Editor’s note: This is part of a series of posts sharing thoughts from technology leaders about 2018 trends and 2019 forecasts.]Today’s artificial intelligence technologies have demonstrated they’re capable of handling specific tasks, such as identifying pictures of cats or spotting cancer in CT scans.Researchers are hopeful the industry’s next breakthroughs will enable A.I. to move beyond answering narrow queries to handling broader assignments. But getting there will require designing softwa...
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Google's Secret China Project 'Effectively Ended' After Internal Confrontation: Report

Less than five months after Google's plan to build a censored search engine and other tools for the Chinese market became public, the company has "effectively ended" the project, reports The Intercept. From the report: Google has been forced to shut down a data analysis system it was using to develop a censored search engine for China after members of the company's privacy team raised internal complaints that it had been kept secret from them, The Intercept has learned. The internal rift over th...
Tags: Google, China, Tech, Beijing, Sundar Pichai, Communist Party


Gift Guide: 6 rugged gifts for outdoorsy friends and family

Shopping for someone who prefers hiking and camping to the great indoors can be tricky. Not only are outdoor enthusiasts usually less impressed by traditional gifts (clothes, games, etc.) but their preferred realm of technical gear is vast and confusing. If you’d rather not go deep on the research yourself, we’ve got some solid touchpoints for expert outdoor gear gifting. 1. Party tent Okay, hear me out. As a pack weight-conscious backpacker the idea of a light-up tent sounded ridiculous at fi...
Tags: TC, Gadgets, Tech, Sony, Pacific Northwest, Garmin, Suunto, Fenix, Big Agnes, Garmin Fenix, Gift Guide 2018


BMW’s premium ride-hailing service is now live in China

BMW has joined a handful of automakers to compete with transportation upstart Didi Chuxing, which bought Uber’s Chinese business in 2016. Last Friday, the German luxury carmaker launched a premium ride-hailing service in Chengdu, the capital of China’s Sichuan Province with over 14 million people. The new offer is part of BMW’s ReachNow carsharing brand that kicked off an electric vehicle rental business with a local partner last December. The new ride-hailing venture manages a crew of tra...
Tags: Transportation, Uber, Asia, China, Tech, Transport, Commuting, Bmw, Volkswagen, Audi, Player, Carsharing, Daimler, Shenzhen, Chengdu, Sichuan Province


UK Police Are Testing Facial Recognition on Christmas Shoppers in London this Week

London's Metropolitan Police is testing its facial recognition technology in the capital this week. From a report: It's the seventh time the Metropolitan Police, the UK capital's police force, has trialled facial recognition in public. The technology has previously been used at large events, including Notting Hill Carnival in 2016 and 2017, and Remembrance Day services last year. This year, the technology is being used Monday and Tuesday of this week in Soho, Piccadilly Circus, and Leicester Squ...
Tags: UK, London, Tech, NEC, Metropolitan Police, Leicester Square, Soho Piccadilly Circus


Google's Feature for Predicting Flight Delays Actually Sounds Useful Now

Flying during the holidays is typically frustrating at best, and even worse if you’re traveling to or from anywhere that snows. So to help alleviate a tiny bit of stress, Google is adding its flight delay predictions feature to the Google Assistant.Read more...
Tags: Google, Science, Machine Learning, Ai, Flight Delays, Google Flights, Google Assistant


Prominent computer scientist Andrew Ng says we need AI regulation to avoid 'toxic outcomes' and put the 'most evil, most exploitative companies' in check (FB, GOOG, GOOGL)

Andrew Ng, formerly a top AI scientist at both Google and Baidu, says that regulation is necessary for the industry to grow.  Regulation sets the rules for what we do and don't want AI to do, says Ng — which means companies can focus less on trying to optimize unwanted behaviors, and do more of whatever benefits society.  As a specific example, he says that online advertising firms are among the "most evil, most exploitative companies" for using AI to spread misinformation that preys on their ...
Tags: Google, Facebook, China, America, Trends, NG, Silicon Valley, Baidu, Google Brain, Andrew Ng, Apple Google Facebook Microsoft


How Google changed Metasearch | By Alisa Voitika

In 2018, 72.5% of consumers surveyed by EyeForTravel said that they used metasearch sites regularly in their pre-booking journeys. In their latest free report, the Triptease team unpacks the importance of metasearch to the modern traveller - and why the channel is more crucial to hoteliers than ever. Read on for an extract of the 2019 Hotel Metasearch Handbook.
Tags: Travel, Google, EyeforTravel, Alisa Voitika


A month after $70M, Clearbanc raises $50M fund to front startups ad money

Clearbanc is disrupting startup funding by providing companies cash to buy ads in exchange for a revenue share so they don’t have to sell as much equity to venue capitalists. That idea has proven so appealing that 1000 companies seeking up to $1 billion total hit up Clearbanc since we reported it raised $70 million last month. So to meet the demand of the most eligible startups asking for marketing cash, Clearbanc has just raised a $50 million fund from Seamless co-founder Jason Finger’s new ...
Tags: Google, Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Facebook, Ecommerce, Apps, Advertising Tech, Funding, Groupon, US, Tech, Canada, Venture Capital, Payments, Dollar Shave Club


Google Tag Manager Guides: Implementing JSON-LD BreadcrumbList Schema

BreadcrumbList schema helps Google see exactly what is in the breadcrumbs on a specific webpage. As a result, Google displays these breadcrumbs in search results, making your results look clean and professional: If you have a WordPress site, implementing BreadcrumbList schema is fairly simple — with a little bit of configuration, the Yoast SEO plugin has a breadcrumb function that will automatically add the JSON-LD schema to all pages. An even simpler solution is installing the JSON-L...
Tags: Google, Seo, Css, Technical Seo, JSON, GTM


How Emily Dickinson Writes A Poem: A Short Video Introduction

It became fashionable during the European Renaissance for poets to write what is called an ars poetica, a “meditation on poetry using the form and techniques of a poem.” The form follows Horace’s 19th century, B.C.E. Ars Poetica, in which the Roman writer recommends that poetry should both “instruct and delight.” Theories of poetry varied from one generation to the next, but the ars poetica persisted throughout modern literary history and into the modernism of Archibald Macleish, Ezra Po...
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We talked to the CEO of Waze about selling to Google for $1 billion, his new Tesla, self-driving cars, and the future of your commute (GOOGL)

Many founders depart from their startups soon after the company is acquired — but not Noam Bardin. We sat down with the Waze CEO at CB Insights' Transform conference to talk about selling the company to Google for $1 billion. He talked Tesla, Uber, self-driving cars, and more in a fireside chat about how Waze was moving beyond traditional notions of commuting. One of the first hard decisions Noam Bardin, the CEO of Waze, had to make in the early innings of the company's life was deciding w...
Tags: Apple, Google, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Elon Musk, New York, Instagram, Microsoft, Israel, US, America, Los Angeles, Trends, Tesla, Larry Page, David


The Decline of American Peyote

dmoberhaus writes: An investigation into the decline of America's peyote, a hallucinogenic cactus that is critically important to the rituals of the Native American Church, the largest pan-tribal religious organization in the U.S. Motherboard spoke with Dawn Davis, a researcher using satellite data to track the destruction of peyote's habitat, as well as Salvador Johnson, one of only four people who is licensed to harvest and sell peyote in the U.S. by the DEA. "In 2011, Davis traveled to the pe...
Tags: America, Tech, Davis, DEA, Johnson, Native American Church, Dawn Davis, Salvador Johnson, Motherboard Davis


Google to invest $1 bn in new New York campus

Google's parent company Alphabet on Monday said it was investing more than $1 billion to set up a new campus in New York City. In a blog post, Alphabet and Google CFO Ruth Porat said it would lease large office buildings in Manhattan's West Village neighbourhood which will become the centerpiece of a campus of more than 1.7 million square-feet (160,000 square metres). The new campus, which should be operational starting in 2020, will be known as Google Hudson Square and "will be the primary l...
Tags: Google, New York, News, New York City, Manhattan, Alphabet, Ruth Porat, West Village, Google Hudson Square, Global Business Organization Porat


Remove.bg is a Website That Removes Backgrounds from Portraits in Seconds

An anonymous reader shares a report: If you often find yourself needing to remove the backgrounds from photos but don't have the time to manually do it, you might want to bookmark Remove.bg. It's a simple free website that automatically removes the backgrounds from photos in just 5 seconds with a single click. Simply use the button on the homepage to select a photo from your computer (or you can also enter a photo's URL on the Web). The website then processes the photo and shows the result in ...
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Google is planning a huge $1 billion campus in New York (GOOG, GOOGL)

Google announced on Monday that it will spend $1 billion in a major New York City expansion. It's locked down three properties near the Hudson River on New York's west side.  The expansion will enable Google to add 7,000 employees in New York, in what it is calling its "Global Business Operation." Google will build a new campus in New York City, the tech giant announced in a blog post on Monday. Google will spend $1 billion to create a 1.7-million square-foot campus in Manhattan's West Villag...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, New York, Washington, New York City, Trends, Manhattan, Bmw, Ruth Porat, West Village, Austin Texas, Hudson River, Queens New York, Washington Street, 8th Avenue


Apple is offering up to $20 in bonus App Store credit, but it's hidden inside an iPhone menu. Here's how to find it (AAPL)

Apple is offering a 10% bonus if you add money to your Apple ID before December 20.  You can get as much as $20 in bonus credit if you deposit $200 into your Apple account.  Finding the offer is tricky. Here's how you do it.  Apple is quietly offering a 10% bonus on App Store credit if you buy it before Thursday. If you add $200 to your Apple ID, you can get up to a $20 bonus. The credit can be used toward purchases on the App Store, iTunes, iCloud storage, and other Apple services — but not ...
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PUBG Mobile 0.10 update released for Android and iOS; Vikendi snow map, Snowmobile vehicle and more coming soon

After being announced earlier this month, PUBG Mobile is getting a new update bringing the version to 0.10. It brings new Vikendi snow map, Snowmobile vehicle and more. There's the new snowball Fight added to Vikendi’s Spawn Island. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SQKXMOM1mps It is adding a new layout for players with large hands, a display for Crew Challenge winners on Erangel’s Spawn Island. Matchmaking changes include an added cross-server matchmaking.  After enabling, players have a ch...
Tags: Ios, Android, Apps, Games, News, Blogging, PUBG, Erangel, PUBG Mobile, Spawn Island, Vikendi


Lenovo Z5 Pro GT world’s first smartphone with Snapdragon 855, up to 12GB RAM announced

Lenovo announced its mid-range Z5 Pro with a slider design and Snapdragon 710 SoC in China. Today the company has announced the Z5 Pro GT, top-end version of the phone with the latest Snapdragon 855 SoC and up to 12GB of RAM, making the phone first in the world to feature both.It also comes with Carbon Back with carbon fiber finish under the glass with Red and Black accents on the sides similar to a sports car. The company also said that the 12GB RAM version will let you open 50 apps at the sa...
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