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This inflatable satellite could revolutionize disaster recovery

After any sort of disaster, communication is key. Emergency management officials need to reach federal or local agencies to start disaster recovery efforts and learn what areas need what services right away. And, of course, people want to call and check in on family and friends. But the nature of...

Saturday, June 16, 2018 - 5:32am

Meet Romio, the ‘Uber for everything else’ app

New Yorkers have pretty much everything they could ever need at their fingertips, from food delivery and pet-sitters to car services and everything in between. A new app called Romio, which dubs itself “Uber for Everything Else,” aims to take that convenience one step further by...

Friday, June 15, 2018 - 11:27am

Apple to release Safari update to help block third-party tracking tools and apps

A Safari update is coming soon that will help block third-party tracking tools used to target advertisements. Apple made several product announcements and software updates during this week’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) event and while many of us were focused on all the new updates...

Friday, June 8, 2018 - 1:51pm

Robot maids could become a reality with new MIT system

The future has long promised tech advances that take over mundane tasks like household chores, but though there’s no all-in-one robot housekeeper a la Rosie from The Jetsons on the market just yet, a new system out of MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory could...

Thursday, June 7, 2018 - 10:52am

Apple and Perkins School for the Blind partner to teach kids how to code

To Apple, the world of technology should be accessible to everyone, and that’s why the company is partnering with Perkins School for the Blind in Watertown to teach kids how to code. The tech giant has an initiative called Everyone Can Code, which includes a curriculum meant to bring the...

Tuesday, May 22, 2018 - 4:38pm

Everything you need to know about the new YouTube Music streaming service

YouTube will launch a new music streaming service called YouTube Music to provide users with another option for people to stream their favorite tunes. YouTube Music streaming service will offer users access to thousands of playlists, millions of songs, albums and artist radio stations. While many...

Thursday, May 17, 2018 - 3:18pm

Latest Instagram update gives you a new way to judge your friends

The latest Instagram update will include a new poll feature that will give users an interesting way to let your friends know how you feel about them. The emoji slider sticker in Stories will let users answer questions using a sliding scale function instead of two simple answers. For example, when...

Monday, May 14, 2018 - 2:00pm

Downtown Brooklyn becomes a living lab to let startups study the city

Downtown Brooklyn has become a living laboratory, home to studies that will ultimately help the neighborhood — and the entire city — improve, officials say. Downtown Brooklyn Partnership, a not-for-profit that manages three Business Improvement Districts in the area, has announced a...

Friday, May 11, 2018 - 3:39pm

Your favorite websites are going red to save net neturality

Get ready if your daily website stops include Pornhub, Reddit or Tumblr: These popular websites — and many more — are going red in a last-ditch effort to save net neutrality. When you log in on Wednesday, you’ll find a big red banner aimed to distract you from clicking through to...

Tuesday, May 8, 2018 - 5:40pm

With new MIT system, self-driving cars can navigate rural roads

What if you want to take your self-driving car for a spin down a rural road that doesn’t appear on any map? Despite how far the technology has come, that's an unlikely scenario — until now, thanks to researchers at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory...

Tuesday, May 8, 2018 - 3:52pm

Twitter also sold your data to someone connected to Cambridge Analytica

Faced with intense scrutiny by UK regulators, Cambridge Analytica morphed into a new company named Emerdata this week. Lost amid news of the firm's shutdown-that-isn't: A report that Twitter sold user data to a Cambridge Analytica researcher. On Monday, Bloomberg reported that Twitter sold...

Friday, May 4, 2018 - 4:22pm

There's a battling raging over the H in IMHO and it's getting heated

There's a big fight brewing on Twitter and it has nothing to do with Tweeter-in-Chief Donald Trump. This fight is all over a letter — and what it stands for. What does IMHO mean? BuzzFeed started the debate when two staffers disagreed on what the "H" in the acronym IMHO means...

Thursday, May 3, 2018 - 12:25pm

Ready to meet the love of your life? Facebook wants to help

Dating on Facebook? Zuckerberg announced today that the social media platform is indeed coming out with a new "dating layer" for singles on its mobile app.  According to Quartz, Match Group, owner of popular dating services Match.com, Tinder and OKCupid, saw its stock go down by...

Tuesday, May 1, 2018 - 4:03pm

This simple request will make Siri curse at you

Along with the many things you can make Siri do, you can also make Siri curse, too. Siri, the personal assistant from Apple can provide useful information on a wide variety of topics. By simply saying “Hey Siri,” the Apple personal assistant can tell you the weather, play a song, or...

Monday, April 30, 2018 - 5:42pm

Betaworks introduces Studios to connect creative builders

For the past decade, Betaworks has been building innovative tech products that have since become instrumental in our work (Bitly, TweetDeck) and play (“Dots,” Giphy). “This office space acted like an unofficial community space, and what we want to do now is open it up to be a...

Monday, April 30, 2018 - 11:11am

Boston-based Sea Machines bringing autonomous tech to world's largest shipping company

Cars have been coming out with artificial intelligence and automated tech features for a while, from systems that can automatically hit the brakes to alerts that let you know when another car, cyclist or other collision-risk is too close. But drivers on land aren’t the only ones who could...

Friday, April 27, 2018 - 2:31pm

New Snapchat update will help keep your experience organized

You may have heard about the new Snapchat tabs feature available in the latest Snapchat update, but have no idea what it is or how to find it in the app.  If that’s you, we’re here to help you figure it all out and show you where to find the new Snapchat Tabs feature. In February...

Thursday, April 26, 2018 - 3:44pm

Spotify announces upgrade to app, free users get more music

The Spotify app is getting a major upgrade that many Spotify free users will appreciate.   On Tuesday, Spotify announced it is upgrading the Spotify free app to give users access to more music.    The music-streaming company is giving Spotify free customers access to...

Tuesday, April 24, 2018 - 10:29pm

Who is following me on Facebook?

Facebook has many ways you can connect with friends and family and keep up with the latest news from media companies and brands. If you're the kind of person who's active on Facebook and receive a lot of notifications, you may have missed that one that let you know that someone is following...

Friday, April 20, 2018 - 4:49pm

Are WhatsApp calls free?

A lot of people use the WhatsApp messenger to communicate with friends. You can also use it like a phone to speak to people, but are WhatsApp calls free? More than 1 billion people in over 180 countries use WhatsApp, the popular, standalone messenger app which is owned by Facebook. Unlike Facebook...

Wednesday, April 18, 2018 - 4:53pm