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The digital afterlife: app lets friends and family unlock your accounts after death
Dealing with the loss of a loved one is undoubtedly one of the hardest things that many of us will have to deal with in our lives. What compounds that pain is that many people who pass away leave behind...
Best Friend Forever test apps could ruin your strongest friendships
Martin Luther King Jr. once wrote "love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into a friend." That was true when he wrote it, but now we have Best Friend Forever tests and it may be the only...
Game theory says you should charge your friends to borrow things
Paying to borrow tools can be a saw pointAnge/Alamy Stock PhotoBy Timothy RevellWant to borrow my tent? No problem, that will be £25 please. That might sound annoying, but it will be better for society...
Snapchat owner valued at £19bn for market debut
The company has priced 200 million shares at $17 apiece, with investors demand helping the tech start-up to command considerably more than the $14 to $16 a share it was hoping for.Snap's flotation has...
New updates make the Fitbit app more of a social feed and inspiration tool
Enlarge reader comments 10 Share this story Ars at CES 2017 The best PCs, gadgets, and wearables of CES 2017 FridgeCam lets you make your dumb fridge smart with a simple camera Notch is a 3D motion tracking...
Facebook Messenger just beat Snapchat at its own game
Your Facebook Messenger conversations are about to undergo a big visual upgrade and it even has new features that aren’t available on Snapchat just yet.“Messenger is becoming more real-time and more visual,”...
Need help making plans? Facebook now lets your friends lend a hand
Because Facebook knows we're already addicted to our News Feeds, the social media juggernaut is rolling out new features designed to maximize our time on the site - as well as get out more.The latest...
Snapchat is changing the way its Stories work again
Snapchat Stories - a rolling 24-hour highlights reel of your friends' comings and goings - is one of the app's most compelling features (probably why Instagram and Twitter have both had a go at copying...
Facebook login adds real-name policy, auto-updated friends list to Oculus
Enlarge / This Facebook-connectivity update appears to be rolling out to Oculus Rift users in waves as part of the headset PC software's 1.8 update.Reddit reader comments 22 Share this story This week...
How to use the Windows 10 Facebook app
Get started with Facebook for Windows 10With 1.65 billion active users per month, Facebook is by far and away the most popular social media platform on the planet – and it's not hard to see why. It's a...
Hundreds of Autism-linked Genes Discovered
The causes of autism are murky, varied and complex. But researchers have taken a step forward, identifying hundreds of new genes that may play a role in the development of autism — a neurodevelopmental...
Soon Vevo will use your friend's listening habits to recommend you music
You probably know Vevo from its extensive YouTube partnership, which is why you see plenty of the music video hosting company publishing music videos on Google's own video site. But Vevo has had its own...
Updated: 20 essential Facebook tips and tricks
Facebook tips and tricksAs much as we all like to say we're definitely definitely going to delete Facebook this time, somehow we are all still on it - still liking those baby photos and wedding announcements,...
Your Facebook News Feed is changing again; here's how
Facebook is once again tweaking the algorithm behind its News Feed, your landing page for the powerhouse social media platform. Play Video CBS This Morning Ex-Facebook employee's account of life in Silicon...
Facebook Announces Friends and Family First
Facebook is retooling its News Feed algorithm so that users see more posts from friends and family, the company announced Wednesday. “Facebook was built on the idea of connecting people with their friends...
Elderly monkeys choose to have fewer friends – just like us
Ageing brings new horizonsMark MacEwen/Naturepl.comBy Colin BarrasDo you see as many friends now as you did 10 years ago? Your shrinking social circle isn’t just a human trait – it seems that, as they...
Man live blogs terrible date with mates
A BLOKE was stoked to be going out to eat with a hot blonde, but he never expected his date to descend into such chaos. Before he turned up at the date the lad proudly texted his mates, saying: “I’m out...
Your friends have more friends than you do
No matter how smart and funny you think you are, those you follow on Twitter really do have a larger following than you. And the same holds true for Facebook. But there is no reason to feel badly about...
Twitch’s new social networking feature, ‘Friends,’ goes live
Amazon’s game streaming service Twitch is getting more social. The new “Friends” feature teased in April has now launched into beta, allowing users to search for, add, and view...
Tinder Feature Reveals Which Friends Use App
A new feature added to the Tinder dating app has been criticised because it reveals which of your Facebook contacts are using it. The popular smartphone hook-up app announced a new feature on Wednesday...
Oops! Tinder’s new friend-finding feature, Tinder Social, is outing which of your friends use the app
Tinder announced this morning it’s testing a new friend-finding feature called “Tinder Social” in its popular dating app. The idea is to offer a way for you and your group of friends...
Sean Parker relaunches Airtime, a video chat room for watching – together
Social networks make us lonely, and messaging feels transactional. There’s still no vibrant, real-time place to hang out with friends online. That’s why four years after Sean Parker’s...
Raygun-shaped Atomic Trimmer prunes your nose and ear hairs - CNET
Enlarge ImageThere's nothing weird about this at all. Fred & Friends You don't want to spend hours and hours on your cosplay for the local convention and then show up with unwanted ear and nose hairs visible....
PS4 update 3.5 release date confirmed, feature list detailed - CNET
Sony has announced update 3.50 for the PlayStation 4 will be available from April 6. A video for the update, which is codenamed Musashi, has also been released to highlight some of the key feature additions.Among...
The latest PS4 update will make joining your friends' games a breeze
PlayStation 4 owners will have to make sure they can connect to PSN tomorrow, as the console's 3.5 update is set to launch with a list of new tools built for playing in groups, on your own, or even on...
Lydia is launching a bot to pay back your friends directly from Slack
Lydia and Slack are two charming services and I like using them. So when I learned that the two of them were having a baby together, you bet I was excited. Lydia is a French payment app, a sort of...
Preview: What it's like to play Miitomo, Nintendo's first smartphone game
MiitomoThese are changing times for Nintendo, a company forging some interesting new paths while holding onto a rich legacy. These new paths include theme parks, toys, an upcoming new console in the Nintendo...
Now you can impress your friends with bold, italics and strikethrough in WhatsApp
If you’re a WhatsApp user — and the chances are high since more than a billion people open the app each month — you might be interested to know that the chat app just added some...
Nintendo to launch Miitomo app in the UK on 31 March
Nintendo has announced that its first smartphone game will launch in the UK on 31 March.Miitomo -- billed as a mixture of a social network, a Sims-like life simulator and Nintendo's bizarre 3DS game Tomodatchi...
Shootlr lets you take a ‘someone-elsie’
What do you call it when you have an app that lets your friends take a photo of you, using your own phone? It’s not a selfie… It’s not a portrait… Let’s call it a someone...
Miitomo Release Date, Price and Specs - CNET
Enlarge Image Nintendo Nintendo's first game for iOS and Android doesn't star Zelda, Mario or any of the company's iconic characters. Rather it's you, or at least your Mii, who takes the spotlight in...
You can now connect Facebook to Gear VR and play games with friends - CNET
Oculus -- the Facebook-owned platform that runs on Samsung Gear VR and, of course, Oculus Rift -- is doing the inevitable and getting a lot more social. New features let you connect your Facebook account...
Japan gets first Nintendo mobile game
Nintendo has released its highly-anticipated debut smartphone game, Miitomo, in Japan. The app is a social game in which players create an avatar known as a Mii and share posts with friends from Facebook...
Amazon wants the patent for pay-by-selfie
The current application aims to make it safer for shoppers to buy something online by relying on images of themselves instead of a password, which can be hard to remember and dangerous when stolen, and...
Oculus announces new social features to help personalize VR experiences
If Oculus has its way, the virtual reality space may grow to be the next major social space for far-flung friends to dive in and hang out. Starting tomorrow, users on the Gear VR platform will be...
Next PS4 update to add Remote Play for PC, Mac
Sony today confirmed that its next PlayStation 4 update will include Remote Play for PC and Mac. The feature will let you play PS4 games on your PC. Sony confirmed in November that it was in the works,...
What you need to know about Yubl, the 'immediate' social network
Yubl, a brand new mobile social messaging platform, launched in the UK today. Pronounced like "bubble", Yubl wants you to talk to friends in real time using an array of special features, buttons...
Fake girlfriend, revisited
Three years ago, I hired a fake girlfriend. Sophia, as she called herself, charged $5 (£3.50) a week to be in a relationship with me on Facebook. She'd leave messages, laugh at my hilarious status updates...
Snapchat Launches Birthday Party, A Duet Of Birthdate-Exclusive Lenses
Today Snapchat announced a new feature called Birthday Party, which is essentially a duet of lenses – one of which can only be used on your birthday, and one that can only be used if snapping...
Facebook: Say happy birthday with video
Facebook launches happy birthday video cam.(Photo: Facebook) SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook wants you to wish your friends happy birthday on video. It's launching a "birthday video cam,"so instead of a series...
First Evidence for the Happiness Paradox—That Your Friends Are Happier than You Are
The friendship paradox is the idea that a person’s friends have more friends than they do, which turns out to be true for most people. It may seem counterintuitive, but there is plenty of evidence to...
Xbox One February update arrives this week, here's what's included - CNET
Following its arrival for Preview Program members, the next Xbox One update will roll out for everyone tomorrow, February 19, bringing with it a range of new social features and more.First, the update...
This Tinder-like app will help you find your ultimate girl squad
When Olivia Poole moved to San Francisco to start a new life, she didn’t realize finding a new group of girlfriends would be the hardest part of the move.After joining an online dating site, Poole — who...
Sorry Kevin Bacon, we're separated by 3.5 degrees (CNET Update show notes) - CNET
On this Friends Day, let us not forget: Only four of your Facebook friends really care about you. Play In this CNET Update, join us in feeling awkward about Facebook's made-up holiday, and learn why Facebook...
12 fun facts about Facebook on its 12th birthday
Facebook has designated Feb. 4 as Friends Day, which commemorates Facebook's birthday. Facebook Facebook has designated Feb. 4, 2016 as "Friends Day" in celebration of the social networking site's 12th...
Facebook Posts Automatic Friends Day Videos
Facebook users are getting a personalised highlights reel at the top of their news feeds today to celebrate the social network's 12th birthday. The Friends Day feature uses an algorithm to "stitch together...
6 degrees of separation? It's more like 3.57
Ever since the theory of six degrees of separation was unveiled in 1929, people have been under the impression that they're connected to any other person through just six acquaintances. In honor of Facebook's...
Facebook declares 'Friends Day', the internet hates it
If you were thinking that today was just like any other day -- grey skies, sense of pervading dread, terrible commute -- you'd be wrong.Â For in a combination of sentimentality ("the power of friendship")...
Facebook turns 12, celebrates birthday as ‘Friends Day’ for users
Comments By: Tech Desk | Published:February 4, 2016 1:29 pm Facebook is celebrating Friends Day today with a special video as it marks 12 years. Facebook is giving friendship collages to its 1.6 billion...
Facebook celebrating its users' friendships for its birthday
The collages will be packaged in video presentations of photos of friends and family that have been previously been posted on Facebook. Most Facebook users should start seeing the videos at the top of...
How many true friends do you have on Facebook? The answer will surprise you
Just how strong are your relationships with your friends on Facebook? Are they your best friends? Are they casual acquaintances? Are they family members? Are they strictly friends you have online? More...
Your Facebook Friends Are Really Not That Into You
Most of your friends on Facebook may not care much about you at all, suggests an Oxford University study. Friendships on social networks are not that different from real-world friendships, found Robin...
Facebook App Now Lets You Stream Live Video
Facebook is rolling out a new feature that lets people livestream video to their friends. A select group of users got a sneak-preview of the tool in December, and Facebook says it is now ready to expand...
Snapchat Makes Adding People Way Easier With Profile URLs
Snapchat is ready to colonize the web with profile URLs that deeplink into its app and let you instantly follow someone. That makes it simple to add friends and celebrities so you fill your feed...
Only 4 of your Facebook friends care about you in real life, study claims
How many friends can you really rely on? Before you answer, you might not want to base that number on your collection of Facebook friends.According to a study recently published by the Royal Society of...
“Hey! VINA” Is A Tinder For (Girl) Friends
A startup called VINA is launching a mobile app today that operates a lot like a Tinder, but is aimed at women seeking new friends. And no, not friends-with-benefits or boy-space-friends, but other...
A computer program is writing new 'Friends' episodes
With a single tweet, Andy Herd raised a question about the job security of every TV writer:"i fed a recurrent neural network with the scripts for every episode of friends and it learned to generate new...
Facebook gets in game with new sports hub
Facebook announced a drive Thursday to be a place for sports with a new online hub for news and sharing on sporting events. The "Facebook Sports Stadium" will offer live updates of scores, posts from...
Man teaches computer program to write new episodes of Friends
Although they make little sense, the tone and character of Friends is unmissable. It even includes Jean-Claude Van Damme, a guest star in one episode. A particular highlight is the following exchange:...
Facebook doesn’t make you popular
Online popularity ... New research finds having more Facebook friends does not mean you’re more popular offline. JUST because you’re popular on Facebook doesn’t mean you have more friends than anyone else,...
I regard the brain as a computer which will stop working when its component fail. There is no heaven or afterlife for broken-down computers. That is a fairy story for people afraid of the dark