The Holo app is a tease of what’s to come with AR on the iPhone

The most exciting thing about Apple?s recent announcement of iOS 11 at WWDC, to me, was ARKit. The idea that augmented reality is going to be baked into the mobile operating system means all sorts of weird stuff is on the way this fall. If, like me, you?re anxious to play around with AR, but you also don?t want to burden your iPhone with a buggy developer beta version of iOS 11, a new app called Holo is almost good enough to scratch that itch.

Holo was created by a VR / AR company called 8i, which we actually profiled back in February. It?s a simple app that lets you place ?holograms? ? essentially animated 3D models of people or animals ? in your world using your iPhone?s screen as a viewfinder. There?s a burgeoning ?store? inside the…

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Facebook seeks to foster community with more group admin tools

At Facebook's first Communities Summit, co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced a new direction for Community pages. Specifically how to run them effectively. The new direction mainly includes mod tools like insights into how and when members ar…

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Your Email Font Choice Is Making You Look Like a Sociopath

Would you like some advice? Probably not, but here goes. You should only use your email client?s default font.

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Everyone’s Afraid of Bed Bugs but Nobody Knows What They Look Like

Bed bugs are some of the most horrifying pests out there. They suck your blood, spread from place to place easily, and are tough to kill. But do you know what they actually look like? Turns out, most people don?t.

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Amazon’s Cheap 4K TVs Are Good Enough for Almost Anyone

Remember when 4Ks used to cost a damn fortune? Those days are quickly coming to an end, and if you need proof, look no further than Amazon?s new line of (Westinghouse-manufactured) budget televisions. They come with all the smarts of Amazon?s excellent Fire TV set-top box as well as a price-to-quality ratio that makes?

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Facebook has a new mission—and its Chris Cox’s job to make it happen

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Mark Zuckerberg revealed a new mission statement for his company Facebook on Thursday: Bring the world closer together.

It’s Chris Cox’s job to figure out how to make that happen.

“We’re about to pass 2 billion people,” Cox, Facebook’s chief product officer, said in an interview ahead of the summit. “We’re taking the opportunity to revisit our mission statement which is important because we’re a mission-driven company. We’re going from connecting people to moving closer.”

Facebook is hosting its first-ever Communities Summit this week in Chicago, where Zuckerberg and Cox will be speaking to be about 300 Group administrators about the company’s new efforts, including five product updates.  Read more…

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Uber users know about everything that’s going down, and they’re not happy

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Uber’s toxic, crumbling corporate culture is making waves outside the tech world. 

Uber users are keeping track of everything that’s been happening at Uber’s San Francisco headquarters, and it’s affecting how they see the company—and whether they’ll use the ride-hailing app. 

According research by the media and technology firm Morning Consult, 57 percent of Uber users had heard a lot or some about “claims of bullying, sexism, and sexual harassment at Uber headquarters.” 

Morning Consult surveyed 1,652 Uber users from June 15 to 21—in the middle of Uber’s most recent scandals, but right before Travis Kalanick resigned from his position as CEORead more…

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President Trump is being sued for deleting official emails because we have learned nothing

After what felt like years of hammering Hillary Clinton for failing to adhere to federal email transparency policies, you might think politicians would take pains not to make the same mistake. But now, the White House has been accused of just that.

This morning, the nonprofit group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) filed suit against President Donald Trump for violations of three separate federal records laws, including the automatic deletion of internal emails. In each case, the effect of the violations would be to place internal communications outside the reach of public transparency measures like the Freedom of Information Act ? exactly what politicians spent an entire campaign season arguing about.

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The Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom poster is just a single nostalgic callback

Thanks to a brand-new poster, we now know the title for the Jurassic World sequel: Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. We have no idea what that means, though it may suggest that dinosaurs were royalty at some point? Who knows? Look, the new Transformers movie opens with a King Arthur battle. Literally anything can happen and I wouldn?t be surprised.

Anyway, I?m more concerned with the movie?s tagline: ?Life finds a way.? The marketers and producers really want us to know that Jeff Goldblum is coming back.

The tagline is a callback to Dr. Ian Malcolm?s meme-friendly line in the original Jurassic Park:

Goldblum, who…

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This smart bike lock will disable your phone when you ride

Most states in the US have banned texting and driving, but what about texting and biking? Dutch telecom provider KPN is developing the Smart Lock, which will disable the mobile network on your smartphone once you unlock your bike using the app. Designed in partnership with the Dutch Traffic Safety Association, the Smart Lock is targeted at kids to promote ?the safe use of smartphones in traffic.?

While this seems like a good idea at first glance ? it?ll probably stop distracted kids from riding dangerously ? there are a number of issues with locking down your smartphone like this.

For one: navigation won?t work, unless you save your maps offline. Neither will Spotify and Apple Music. And what happens if you crash? Or the phone dies and…

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