Juul sets up a web portal for narcing on vaping teens


Don’t be a bad teen.Image: Suzanne Kreiter / The Boston Globe / Getty By Jack Morse2019-04-13 21:52:52 UTC Juul doesn’t want teens hitting its vapes. The company promises.  Facing a rising tide of criticism for underage use of its e-cigarettes, vape manufacturer Juul is taking a new approach aimed at cracking down on teen use. Specifically, the company launched an online tool designed to track how specific vapes find their way into the hands of minors.  The idea, as explained

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Disposable VR Fun on the Switch

Illustration for article titled The Nintendo Switch's Labo VR Kit Is Cheap VR That Doesn't Suck

Photo: Andrew Liszewski (Gizmodo) Considered Nintendo’s biggest failure and the butt of endless jokes, the $180 Virtual Boy delivered an embarrassingly limited virtual reality experience when it debuted in 1995. But the console’s quick death didn’t discourage Nintendo from taking risks, and 24 years later its second attempt at virtual reality leverages the Switch hardware to deliver a series of experimental games that let you dabble with an impressively capable VR experience for as little as $40. WHAT IS IT?

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Teen ransomware ‘K!NG’ blew his loot on drugs, gambling, and sex

Shocking, we know.

Shocking, we know.Image: ambar Del moral / mashable By Jack Morse2019-04-09 21:15:46 UTC For years a teenager living just outside of London helped run an elaborate blackmail operation that bilked honest porn-site visitors out of their hard-earned cash — which he proceeded to blow on drugs, luxury hotels, gambling, sex workers, and at least one fancy £5,000 Rolex watch.  Now, the 24-year-old Zain Qaiser, who went by K!NG online, has been sentenced to over six years in jail, and we’re

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Scientists are beefing over which one of our senses is most important

Scientists are beefing over which one of our senses is most important

If there is one thing Twitter has taught us, it’s that the world loves a question that sounds stupid, but actually has a profound and interesting answer. For instance, what would happen if the world suddenly turned into blueberries, as answered by physics recently. Or what color is that dress? In a similar way, perception scientists have recently been fighting it out on Twitter to answer the seemingly trivial question of: “which is the best sense, and why?”. The debate

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Google+ dies today

Once touted as a Facebook killer, Google

Once touted as a Facebook killer, Google’s social network is being shut down on April 2.Image: Aytac Unal/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images By Stan Schroeder2019-04-02 10:38:28 UTC You’ve probably forgotten all about it already, but today, April 2, is the day Google officially shuts down its social network, Google+.  The company disabled the creation of new accounts in February, and will start deleting content today.  “On April 2nd, your Google+ account and any Google+ pages you created will be shut down and

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How Zuckerberg thinks Facebook should be regulated: A brief guide

Mark Zuckerberg has some ideas about how the government should regulate Facebook.

Mark Zuckerberg has some ideas about how the government should regulate Facebook.Image: justin sullivan / Getty Images By Karissa Bell2019-03-31 22:40:12 UTC Government regulation is coming for Facebook — and Mark Zuckerberg has some ideas about how it should all go down. Over the weekend, the Facebook CEO published an op-ed in the Washington Post outlining the kinds of regulation he thinks Facebook and other tech giants should face, likely with the hope it could guide lawmakers who are calling

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Twitter and Google under scrutiny for housing discrimination

Not cool.

Not cool.Image: picture alliance / getty By Jack Morse2019-03-28 21:41:02 UTC It appears that, just like misery, an investigation into possible discriminatory ad practices facilitated by a tech giant loves company.  Following the March 28 revelation that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has filed charges against Facebook for allegedly violating the Fair Housing Act, the Washington Post now reports that Google and Twitter are under investigation by the same agency. And for more or less the

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Reddit bans violent subreddits following Christchurch terrorist attack


Jeez.Image: BOB AL-GREENE / mashable By Jack Morse2019-03-15 23:32:43 UTC Another day, another internet giant belatedly deciding to apply its own policies in the face of a tragedy.  Following the tragic Christchurch terrorist attack in New Zealand that left 49 people dead and scores more injured, and the subsequent sharing online of a livestream from the killer, Reddit has banned two subreddits that it now says glorified or celebrated violence.  The first, r/watchpeopledie, was pretty much exactly what it sounds

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Dark mode for Google Chrome is finally out on Mac


Chrome’s dark mode is all class.Image: mashable screenshot By Johnny Lieu2019-03-13 01:18:25 UTC Dark modes are all the rage, and now Chrome has come to the table. With the release of Chrome 73 on Tuesday, the browser now natively supports the dark mode long offered in macOS Mojave. If you have dark mode enabled in your Mac’s settings (open up System Preferences > General, then select “Dark” by the Appearance option) then the theme should do its thing, if you

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Apple isn’t safe from Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s plan to break up Big Tech

Elizabeth Warren makes it clear that her proposal to break up big tech monopolies, like Amazon and Google, definitely applies to Apple too.

Elizabeth Warren makes it clear that her proposal to break up big tech monopolies, like Amazon and Google, definitely applies to Apple too.Image: Jim Bennett/WireImage By Matt Binder2019-03-11 17:16:08 UTC Tim Cook, Elizabeth Warren is coming for you. Speaking to at SXSW, the 2020 Democratic presidential candidate made it ultra clear: just because she didn’t explicitly mention Apple in her policy proposal to doesn’t mean it’s safe from her scrutiny.  Under an Elizabeth Warren administration, Apple would be broken up,

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