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You Can Allegedly Now Brick Your Nikes, Thanks to the Miracle of Technology

Wow, technology. Papal apps. Speculative e-currency that sucks up as much energy as a small country. Shopping carts that spy on you. And now, a pair of $350 (~£270) motor-and-gear-train-packed Nikes that link up with an app to control their fit... and that you can reportedly “brick” by connecting them to an Android. Read More >>

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Google’s New App Policy May Break a Vital Tool for Sex Workers in the UK and Ireland

When President Trump last year passed anti-trafficking legislation in America that led to the erasure of online resources that the country's sex workers relied on to discuss violent clients, sex workers feared for their safety and fought back. The erasure of these online spaces for the community have continued to proliferate the web, and now, due to a new permissions policy from Google, a safety resource used by sex workers in Ireland and the UK is at risk of being broken or removed from the Google Play app store. Read More >>

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The Best Websites and Web Apps for Making Use of Exactly One Hour of Free Time

It’s lunchtime—or maybe it’s just a break you’re taking from the world. Either way, you’ve got an hour to spare, and that could mean running errands or braving the outdoors, or it could mean snacking at your desk while idly clicking around the internet (employer IT policy permitting). If you’re looking for inspiration for your next 60 minutes of non-work web browsing, here are some of the best educational, entertaining, or downright weird options we know about. Read More >>

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It Sure Seems Like Apple Is Willing to Bend Its Own Rules to Promote Its Services

Apple seems to really, really want people to commit to its services. Read More >>

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Ja Rule Claims He’s Planning Another Fyre Festival-Like Event, Which Seems Fine

Surely you haven’t forgotten about Fyre Festival, the event that scammed models, the rich, and many Bahamian vendors into believing it would be one of the greatest events of the decade – headlined by Blink 182 for god’s sake – before it all came crashing down. Read More >>

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The AccessAble App Finds Places Near You With Great Accessibility

One of the ways tech has historically fallen short is including people who aren't able-bodied, have physical difficulties or chronic illnesses. A new app from a national disability organisation is a shining example of how it can be done. Read More >>

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Indian Lawmakers Call for TikTok Ban Due to ‘Cultural Degeneration’

There’s pressure building in India to regulate the shortform video app TikTok, with some lawmakers pushing for the platform to be blocked as a vessel for societal decay. Read More >>

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Rogue App Makers Are Creeping Through the Cracks in Apple’s Walled Garden

Apple diehards have long defended the company’s “walled garden” approach to its ecosystem. While there are plenty of malicious Android apps, Apple’s strict app review standards generally kept iPhones safe. But where there’s a will, there’s a way. According to a Reuters report, sneaky app makers are using Apple’s enterprise certificates to peddle hacked versions of popular apps like Angry Birds, Pokemon Go, Spotify, and Minecraft, among others. Read More >>

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Apple, Google Both Hosting Saudi Government App That Lets Men Track Women, Restrict Their Travel

Apple’s App Store and Google’s Play Store both continue to host a Saudi government app, Absher, that allows men in the country to track their female relatives’ movements and restrict their travel. Read More >>

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LinkedIn is Pivoting Harder into Video

If you’re like me, you think of LinkedIn as the last place you want to spend time online. It’s chock full of spam, vaguely business-themed blog posts that range from the utterly interminable and insights no one asked for to bizarre rants, and UI decisions that seem designed to conjure up the feeling of a basement cubicle. That’s not even counting the controversy over some of its uses of user data. At best it’s the Dilbert of social media, and at worst it’s the... Scott Adams of social media. Read More >>

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How to Protect Yourself Against Digital Services Shutting Down

In the next few months alone, movie locker service Ultraviolet and social network experiment Google+ are closing their doors for good, while photo sharing platform Flickr is shifting the rules about free and paid-for accounts. The moral of the story? Even digital services don’t stick around forever—but you can protect yourself against your favourite app or site pulling down the shutters. Read More >>

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EasyJet’s Got an AR App to Help You Figure Out if Your Bags are Too Big

Airlines are notoriously stingy when it comes to bag sizes, and the budget airlines tend to be the strictest ones of all for obvious reasons. In the past you had to get out a tape measure to check whether your bag was small enough to come into the cabin with you, but this is the 21st century. We have technology to do that simple task for us, and thanks to easyJet there is now an app for that. Read More >>

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Apple Reportedly Threatens to Yank iOS Apps Recording Users’ Screens Without Their Knowledge

Following a Wednesday report from TechCrunch that popular iPhone apps are recording the in-app activity of users without their knowledge through analytics companies like Glassbox, Apple has reportedly responded by threatening “immediate action” if they don’t knock it off or inform their users that their activity is being recorded, the site reported Thursday. Read More >>

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Some iPhone Apps May Be Recording Users’ Screens Without Their Knowledge, Report Finds

Nothing is quite as unnerving as learning that the things we do on our phones aren’t private—even if we are regularly reminded that nothing is really sacred. On Wednesday, a TechCrunch investigation revealed that apps using analytics companies called Glassbox are not only recording the minutiae of how you use those apps, but also potentially jeopardizing sensitive data in the process. Read More >>

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Snap is Now Slightly Less Screwed

Snap Inc., the company behind the Snapchat app and a failed line of wearable cameras, is slightly less fucked than it was before, according to Q4 2018 earnings released on Tuesday. Read More >>