King Krule’s new Instagram for skies is a sweet refuge from the endless scroll

King Krule’s The OOZ, released last October, is pretty much one hour of a benevolent alien approximating human speech, as well as hip-hop and jazz. The emotional takeaway is something like if the person you loved most in the world suddenly told you they would prefer to talk to you only underwater, and that they would not be providing bubble translations. It would be a gorgeous thing to do, but you might also wonder “does this need to be so hard?”

The British singer-songwriter and sad boy — who has also made music under his given name Archy Marshall — must be aware of this to some degree, as he has now done something incredibly easy. He’s launched an Instagram called @OOZ_SKY, on which he is posting fan submissions of sky photos. The…

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FCC chairman Ajit Pai is opposed to a government-run 5G network

Over the weekend, Axios reported that officials within the Trump administration have been proposing the creation of a nationwide 5G network in order to protect against Chinese leadership in forthcoming networking technology.

However, it seems that the unnamed senior national security officials who presented the proposal failed to talk to current FCC commissioner Ajit Pai first. Pai released a statement this morning that, in no uncertain terms, opposes the plan for a government-run 5G network:

“I oppose any proposal for the federal government to build and operate a nationwide 5G network. The main lesson to draw from the wireless sector’s development over the past three decades—including American leadership in 4G—is that the market, not…

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Personalization through tech is the future of the beauty industry

I love trying on makeup at Sephora and taking samples home, but when I want to buy a drugstore brand, I have to commit the money without first seeing how it looks. It’s an unpleasant experience. Now, makeup companies are experimenting with technology to give customers a more personalized and experimental cosmetic experience through augmented reality, actual custom-made products, and gadgets. Basically, they’re offering a more user-oriented experience with the promise of delivering more suitable product recommendations.

Lots of brands, including Benefit, Estée Lauder, Nyx, bareMinerals, and Sephora have launched virtual try-on apps. Other non-makeup companies, like ModiFace, which creates these apps for the beauty brands, and Meitu,…

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64GB phones aren’t big enough for me anymore

With leaked photos of the Galaxy S9 emerging last week, we’re fast approaching the 2018 season of new phone launches and the annual cycle of companies trying to convince us we’re in desperate need of an upgrade. Typically, there’s a fair amount of hot air inflating the importance of the latest spec, but this year, I’m actually starting to feel the real need for something more. I’m talking about storage.

No doubt the star attraction on any 2018 spec sheet will be the shiny, latest-generation processor powering the device. Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845 and Samsung’s Exynos 9 both come with a slew of promises for major improvements and efficiency gains, with the former offering 4K HDR video recording at 60fps and the latter opting for a higher…

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Elon Musk has now sold over $4 million worth of flamethrowers

Elon Musk has sold over $4 million worth of flamethrowers. The Boring Company is selling one flamethrower for $500 (plus tax), and Musk has been tweeting milestones as they’ve hit.

Musk sold 1,000 units in the first three hours between the night of January 27th and the early hours of the 28th, according to his tweets. He sold another 2,000 during the day, with that number reaching 7,000 early this morning. At the rate they’re selling, it’s safe to assume Musk has cleared the $4 million mark (or 8,000 flamethrowers). Musk is selling a total of 20,000 flamethrowers.

1,000 ordered already, only 19,000 left!

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) January 28, 2018

Here, we made a chart to track this incredibly important milestone with dubious…

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WhatsApp is the first major third-party messaging app to support Apple’s CarPlay

WhatsApp is now supported on Apple’s CarPlay. iCulture is reporting that the popular messaging app now works with Apple’s automotive platform following WhatsApp’s latest version 2.18.20 update.

Once updated, WhatsApp will automatically show up as an app when your iPhone is connected to CarPlay. It’ll work like any other messaging app due to Apple’s strict rules for CarPlay messaging apps.

You’ll be able to see unread messages through a badge icon, have Siri read out received messages, and send new ones through dictation. According to iCulture, the only real difference between the WhatsApp implementation and Apple’s own iMessage app is that WhatsApp lacks the ability to scroll through a list of message threads.

The new…

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Mark Cuban has a somewhat questionable idea for fixing Twitter


How do you fix a problem like Twitter? Over the weekend, legendary investor Mark Cuban suggested the site take more aggressive action to confirm the identities of its users in order to address the scourge of abusive and fake accounts. It’s time for @twitter to confirm a real name and real person behind every account, and for @facebook to to get far more stringent on the same. I don’t care what the user name is. But there needs to be a single human behind every individual account . — Mark Cuban (@mcuban) January 28, 2018 In a subsequent post, Cuban…

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How to file your income taxes on bitcoin in 2018

It’s been a turbulent year for bitcoin, and now it’s time to talk about taxes. Most people who held on to bitcoin over the past year made money off of it, and as Americans prepare for income tax season, the IRS wants its cut of the profits. Amid unprecedented gains — and unprecedented enforcement efforts — this looks to be the year that tax collectors get serious about bitcoin earnings, which means it’s a very good time to make sure you’re doing everything right.

So let’s get into what you’re reporting and how to report it. To simplify things, we’re only talking about bitcoin here, but note that these general guidelines apply to other cryptocurrencies as well. Also, none of this is legal advice, so if you have specific questions, it’s…

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Facebook begins privacy push ahead of tough new European law

Facebook will introduce a new privacy center this year that features all core privacy settings in one place, ahead of the introduction of a strict new EU data protection law that takes effect on May 25th. The European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will restrict how tech companies collect, store, and use personal data. Facebook also says that it’s publishing its privacy principles for the first time, detailing how the company handles user details.

Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook’s chief operating officer said in a speech last week that the new privacy center would give Facebook a “very good foundation to meet all the requirements of the GDPR and to spur us on to continue investing in products and in educational tools to…

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