All posts on October, 2015


Twitter now lets anyone tweet a poll

Starting today, any Twitter user will be able to poll their followers. As is characteristic, CEO Jack Dorsey announced the update in a tweet. Polls will be available on Twitter’s web app as well as in Android and iOS apps. The company first announced its polling feature a little over a week ago and made it available […]

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Snapchat’s Sponsored Lenses debuts on Halloween, overlaying ad content on selfies

Last month, Snapchat launched its new Lens feature to the delight of children around the world (they can now make their selfie vomit rainbows), but now it’s time to start paying the tab. How? Advertising, of course. Tomorrow, on Halloween, promotional content for Fox’s upcoming Peanuts movie will start showing up over selfies shot in Snapchat. The […]

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BackBox Takes Its Security Tools Seriously

BackBox Linux 4.4 is a great Linux distro for IT and other techies who want to do their own penetration tests and security assessments. The latest version, released this month, is an Ubuntu 14.04.3-based distribution that’s speedy and simple to use. It’s a fully functional Linux distro that comes well stocked with standard software and runs a desktop environment based on the Xfce window manager.

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Google just dropped a meet-up app called Who’s Down

To kick off Halloween weekend, Google just released a new social app called Who’s Down. The invite-only app appeared in both the Google Play and Apple App Store today. Who’s Down lets users see when friends are available and indicate that they’re also around to hang out. Here’s Google’s tagline for the new app: Who’s Down: always know who is […]

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Virtual reality porn just got scary for Halloween with first horror-porn experience

Every new interactive medium has a “time to porn,” and virtual reality likely hit that mark within the first hour of conception back in the ’90s. But what’s the “time to horror porn” timeline look like for Virtual Reality? Well, I wasn’t exactly looking out for that metric, but Virtual Real Porn, a company that specializes […]

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Facebook will test improvements to its real name policy in December

Facebook says that it’ll be making changes to its real name policy designed to reduce the number of people who seek to verify their profiles and make it easier for them to confirm their names. The social networking company will begin testing these improvements starting in December. In a published letter obtained by BuzzFeed, Facebook’s vice president […]

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A selfie app with a time limit just got $100,000 from Tim Draper

EXCLUSIVE: Western civilization has just taken a giant leap forward. Two crazy young men I know, Remmelt van Tol and Shin Liang, have come up with an iOS app for sending selfies back and forth with friends. Tim Draper, a founder of venture capital firm Draper Fisher Jurvetson, has invested $100,000 in the app, which is […]

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Pummeled online, SXSW announces harassment summit

When the organizers of SXSW canceled two panels dealing with harassment and gaming for their March event, they took a ton of criticism. Now they’re reversing themselves by creating a full summit dedicated to the problem of online harassment. Hugh Forrest, an organizer of the Austin event, said in a post on Monday that SXSW Interactive would […]

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