Facebook now lets you create your own frame for photos and videos

For better or worse, Facebook is trying really hard to copy Snapchat. In the past few months the giant social network has added different features that, if you ask us, are seemingly inspired by the app with the ghost mascot. And its latest feature follows a similar trend. With its Camera Effects Platform, Facebook will […]

AT&T will finally refund $88 million in unauthorized charges

David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images Thanks to some shady business dealings between AT&T and a pair of companies known for bloating customers’ cell phone bills, roughly 2.7 million current and former AT&T mobile subscribers are getting more than $88 million dollars in refunds from the Federal Trade Commission. The refunds are part of a […]

German Intel chief: Russia is trying to ‘destabilize’ the country

REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch America’s recent elections weren’t the only event that Russia has been accused of meddling in. On Thursday, President Dr Hans-Georg Maaßen of the Bundesamt für Verfassungsschutz (BfV), Germany’s internal intelligence service, issued a brutally frank press release laying out the BfV’s accusations against Russia. This is big: unprecedented, stark warning by Germany’s BfV […]

Secret’s anonymous sharing app is now a publishing platform

Remember Secret? The standard bearer for the anonymous social app movement shuttered in 2015 before co-creator David Byttow teased a possible Version 2 in the wake of Donald Trump’s election. While the old app-based Secret won’t be coming back, Byttow unveiled its successor today in the form of anonymous publishing platform IO. As TechCrunch notes, […]

‘Reality’ of Magic Leap could be further away than we thought

Over the last couple of years, we’ve repeatedly heard a lot about Magic Leap’s supposedly advanced augmented reality tech, but have seen very little. In 2014, a half-billion dollar round of investment that included Google ratcheted up the hype and it has not slowed down since. Now, The Information is reporting, based on sources and […]

The NSA has been listening to in-flight cell phone calls for years

Reuters/Regis Duvignau By now, we’re all well aware of how good the NSA is at spying on people’s communications. But it’s still a little surprising to learn that the NSA and the British Government Communication Headquarters (GCHQ) were able to listen in on people’s in-flight phone calls as far back as 2005. Le Monde and […]

Twitch gamers will stream from the White House next week

A host of popular Twitch streamers will emerge from their poster-walled bedrooms next week to give President Obama a masterclass in clutch plays. On Monday, December 12th, Monster-guzzling gaming celebs will huddle around screens at the president’s Washington D.C. residence for the “White House Competitive Gaming Event.” A four-hour livestream starting at 4PM ET will […]

NYC will stop collecting info Trump could use for deportations

The NYC mayor’s office has announced that it will no longer store personal records for immigrants who apply for the city’s free IDNYC identification card. While the card allows users to secure accounts for utilities, banking and more, officials fear President-elect Trump could use the database for his proposed deportation plans. Mayor Bill de Blasio […]

Google opens up its Assistant actions to developers

When Google first unveiled its Assistant earlier this year, the service seemed to have quite a lot of potential. Unfortunately, in our testing of the company’s new Home speaker and Pixel smartphones, we found the digital helper rather limited. Now that Google has opened up Assistant’s developer platform, though, the service could finally become as […]

John Glenn, the first American to orbit the Earth, dies at 95

AP John Glenn, the legendary war veteran, astronaut and United States Senator, died this afternoon at the age of 95 after being hospitalized in his home state of Ohio. After serving as a combat pilot in World War II and the Korean War, Glenn became the first American to orbit the Earth in 1962. This […]