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For those who have never used or heard of Slack (an acronym for “Searchable Log of All Conversation and Knowledge”), it’s basically a cloud-based set of proprietary team collaboration tools and services. It began as an internal tool used by his company, Tiny Speck, in the development of Glitch, a now defunct online game. Today, they have just unveiled an all-new logo, created by Pentagram Design, that “uses a simpler color palette and, we believe, is more refined, but still contains the spirit of the original,” said the company. Read more for a short Slack office tour video and to find out why they had to change the logo.
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Netflix is officially raising its U.S. prices by 13% – 18%, the largest annual increase since the company launched its streaming service 12 years ago. Its most popular standard plan, which offers high-definition streaming on up to two different internet-connected devices simultaneously, will see the biggest hike, from $11 to $13 per month. The extra revenue will go towards Netflix’s large investment in original shows and films. Read more for a video of the most anticipated Netflix originals of 2019 and additional information.
Yes, the 2019 Awesome Games Done Quick event is underway, and for those who have never heard of it, it’s basically a series of video game marathons, where players perform speedruns for a live audience with thousands watching live on Twitch. This year, it takes place at the Rockville Hotel in Washington D.C. and proceeds benefit the Prevent Cancer Foundation. In 2018, the event raised $2,295,191 for the foundation, and so far, ADGQ has raised more than $9 million. Read more for the livestream and additional information.
ExpressVPN is currently the best virtual private network service for China in 2019, and in addition to iOS / Android apps, the company also offers a secure macOS client. Other services claim to not track your activity, but this company is actually based in the British Virgin Islands, a tropical oasis without data retention laws, so there’s absolutely no activity logs or connection logs retained. They offer a network of 2,000+ global VPN servers optimized for fast connections, and there’s no throttling as well as unlimited bandwidth. Computer security offered include: 256-bit AES encryption, DNS/IPv6 leak protection, kill switch, and split tunneling. There’s only a few VPNs that work in China now, and ExpressVPN uses a proprietary method to mask their VPN connection so the Great Firewall cannot detect it, nor block data from being transmitted. It’s compatible with Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, Linux and routers. Check them out here. Read more for another video and additional information.
Snapchat has been known for their face lenses, such as the classic puking rainbow as well as various other filters, designed specifically to recognize human faces, but for those who wanted to try them out on their dogs, there was no easy solution until…now. The company has introduced new lenses for dog faces, enabling you to add a butterfly or even a pair of reading glasses to their pet’s face. Read more for a video and how to use them in the app.
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For those who have never seen or heard of an internet meme, it’s basically a piece of media that spreads, often as mockery or for humorous purposes, and takes the form of an image, GIF or video. They can be a word or phrase, sometimes including intentional misspellings (such as lolcats) or corrupted grammar (such as in doge, all your base are belong to us, etc.). This is what happens when classical art gets turned into internet memes. Read more to see some of the most popular examples from this year, compiled by Bored Panda.
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Robbie Johnson, a 28-year-old after school instructor from Wellesley, Massachusetts, received a ticket for Game 2 of the World Series and wanted to share his joy with Instagram. When he arrived at Fenway Park with his sister, the $650 ticket his family bought for him couldn’t be validated. “I went to ticket services and that’s where I was informed [the] ticket had been scanned at 5:09pm, a couple of hours before we got there,” Johnson said. Moral of the story? Never post any yet to be redeemed ticket / voucher / gift card online with the barcode / QR code still visible. Continue reading for the news report and more information.
Lance Phan is a 3D artist that uses Blender (software) to not only create photo-realistic models of real-life objects, but also transforms Instagram portraits of strangers into Pixar-inspired characters upon request. “His animated portraits perfectly resemble the human subjects and whole fantastic animated worlds around them that could serve as an inspiration for a new movie script,” said Bored Panda. Continue reading for more examples.
Verizon announced today that it’s launching “the world’s first commercial 5G broadband internet service” on October 1st, called 5G Home. No cable or fiber hookups are required, thanks to next-generation wireless technology, and will be initially rolled out in Houston, Indianapolis, Los Angeles and Sacramento. Those who pre-order beginning on Thursday will receive 3-months of service free of charge. Continue reading for another video and more information.
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Most know that Google was founded in 1998 by Larry Page and Sergey Brin while they were Ph.D. students at Stanford University, California, but did you know that the company has also experimented with becoming an Internet carrier? That’s right, in February 2010, Google Fiber was announced, a fiber-optic infrastructure that was installed in Kansas City; while in April 2015, it launched Project Fi in the United States, combining Wi-Fi and cellular networks from different providers; and in 2016, it announced the Google Station initiative to make public Wi-Fi available around the world, with initial deployment in India. Continue reading for a few more useful Google Search tips.