YouTube wants to ruin music videos and get you to pay for its upcoming streaming service

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YouTube wants a larger piece of the streaming music pie than it’s currently earned, so it’s come up with an audacious plan that you’re going to hate – and it involves more ads. In an interview at SXSW, YouTube’s global head of music, Lyor Cohen, said that people who listen to plenty of music on the platform will encounter more ads between tracks. The idea is to annoy users by bombarding them with ads, so that they consider subscribing to the upcoming music service it’s working on. Cohen noted that this is part of a larger strategy to get people…

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Apple confirms its overpriced speaker will ruin your overpriced furniture

Apple HomePod Review: white ring on furniture

Since being officially released last week, Apple’s $ 349 HomePod has earned rave reviews for packing excellent sound quality into such a small speaker. But the verdict on the rest of the HomePod’s features hasn’t been quite so enthusiastically good, and now a new problem with the design has emerged.

First highlighted by Pocket-Lint and The Wirecutter, and now confirmed in statements from Apple, it appears that the silicone base of the HomePod can leave a white ring on some wooden furniture, even if just placed there for a few minutes. The ring may fade over time and vanish completely, but some reviewers are saying it permanently damages the finish, forcing owners to sand and re-finish any affected furniture.

According to Apple’s statement to Pocket-Lint, the silicone base on the HomePod is to blame. “When questioned, Apple told us it was “not unusual” for a speaker with a silicone base to leave a “mild mark” when placed on certain oil or wax based wood finished surfaces, suggesting the marks are caused by oils diffusing between the silicone base and the table surface.,” Pocket-Lint said in its review.

White rings left by The Wirecutter’s HomePod

Oil-based finishes are common on any wooden surface that’s expected to come into contact with food, like cutting blocks or butcher-block kitchen countertops. Wax-based finishes are more common on older antique furniture and are favored on some rarer kinds of exotic wood. Oil-based and wood-based finishes are not completely impervious to water, which would explain why oils from silicone might permeate the finish, leaving a ring. Silicone-based cleaning products like Pledge are known to leave a white film with long-term use, although unlike what Apple says, I can’t find any evidence of silicone gaskets causing damage to wooden furniture in the past. Speakers traditionally use rubber or plastic feet to prevent marring on furniture.

Only The Wirecutter and Pocket-Lint have spotted the problem so far, along with one lonely user on Twitter who saw a similar problem. In its write-up, The Wirecutter said that it tested the HomePod on other surfaces with no visible marks, including “glass, granite countertop, nice MDF, polyurethane-sealed wood, and cheap IKEA bookcases.”

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Upcoming Legal Fling app combines blockchain contracts with sex to ruin both

Having the word blockchain on your product or marketing in 2017/2018 is quickly becoming like “cloud” was in 2011, or adding a lowercase i or e to the front of a product or company name in the late 90’s. What once was a useful technical term is now just another corporate tech buzzword, at most bolted on purely to attract interest. And in the midst of the recent #MeToo developments, Legal Fling has jumped in with its own blockchain-based app for securing contractually-enforceable sexual consent.

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That’s not how any of this works: Optimistic tech reporting isn’t going to ruin AI


Winter is coming, but fear not. According to the experts, we won’t need Jon Snow to save us — it’s only coming for our machines. Gary Marcus, an AI expert and Professor of Psychology at NYU, Tuesday published a fascinating white-paper. It basically serves as a list of reasons why he thinks deep learning is shit and the community should abandon it and start over. Which is something he and others seem to firmly believe: Deep Learning is not enough, and we need to start over — Hinton confirms what I have been saying for two decades. https://t.co/9BxJYvd7oD — Gary…

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Bundling data collection and data organization will ruin everything you love


Everyone knows the importance of a data-driven decision making in business and it’s increasing in popularity every year. However, what tends to get lost in that obsession is whether or not the underlying data is trustworthy. It’s easy to say that inaccurate data leads to business problems. But what’s even worse is when a company runs on data that appears trustworthy, when in reality it’s flawed in ways that significantly impact critical decisions. I know the title is a tad dramatic, but people pour countless hours into trying to make their business successful, and nothing is more painful than realizing…

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Website and App Testing Fails: Don’t Let Black Friday Ruin the Biggest Day of the Year

Here we are again, another post about Black Friday. Why should you read this one? What is different about it? Well, for starters, I promise to be short. I also think you will find at least one useful fact to aid in your checklist of items to make sure your site and app don’t become a Black Friday horror story.

Here are three common Black Friday pitfalls to be aware of:

1. Performance and User Conditions

Even though this might seem like “old news”, you want to confirm that you prepared before the Black Friday rush. Black Friday will obviously bring more users to your website from various channels where the leading ones will most likely be mobile, therefore, you need to make sure your mobile web, desktop web and mobile app will function seamlessly with the influx in visitors.

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User Experience is one of the biggest concerns on Black Friday. How are they going to navigate through your website or app? Are they going to use the camera in app, push notifications, AR, VR, etc.? Will your website or app have trouble loading or crash with the increase in visitors? You need to test in a real environment based lab, to make sure you are ready. Mimicking sensors and camera as well as the entire UX is not simple, therefore you need to have such lab in place as part of your development and testing environment.

2. Context based UX assurance

Apps, especially retail ones are quickly adopting context based methods to better serve their customers. Among the context specific functionalities that we see, you’ll mostly find location based offerings and coupons, popup notifications around deals for that day, as well as AR specific capabilities that might be also related to the location of the customers. If we look into the location aspect, we all know that depending on your location, you might have different products on sale or promoting different items for different demographics, hence, you need your app to run smoother for the UX regardless of location. You want them to be able to seamlessly check out without running into any snags that result in abandonment. Testing against various user conditions that includes locations, network conditions across various devices and OS versions is key to assure such UX.

3. Platform

Making sure the same User Experience is present across the entire digital platforms (learn how here) that includes mobile and desktop web, is important and this becomes a little trickier when traffic volume increases by 2x or maybe 3x on one day. The digital experience across the entire platform is something you want to pay special attention to so you don’t lose any sales in the user process.

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This literal gravy train is here to ruin Thanksgiving

Gravy is a magical thing. It can rescue even the most bland holiday meals. But too much of anything can be a bad thing, even gravy — especially when it’s being blasted from the tiny cannon of a toy boat strapped to a plastic train.

That mad lib sentence will make more sense when you watch the above video. In it, intrepid YouTuber and sauce delivery pioneer William Osman gives in to the apparent demands of his viewers and tries to make a literal gravy train.

A few grocery store and drilling montages later, he has something that is kind of in the same ballpark as the gravy train from Coraline. His version, which uses a toy boat instead of a gravy boat, clearly has more kinks to be worked out. But the resulting mess is fun, and it’s a…

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‘Pokémon Go Fest’ issues refunds after tech problems ruin event

After an up and down first year of existence, the Pokémon Go Fest was supposed to be a triumphant event where players could work together in news ways and earn unique awards. The event unfortunately suffered as cell networks and the game's ser…
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Nokia 3310 durability test is here to ruin your childhood

We’ve seen numerous durability tests of all the flagships, but now a guy tested the Nokia 3310 (2017) featurephone, and the results are disappointing. The test unit already had scratches from everyday use before the reviewer even started torturing it so no wonders were expected. But still, given that it’s the spiritual successor of the internet celebrity that is the 3310, it was worth a shot. A pocket knife with level 5 hardness on the Mohs scale was all it took to turn the new 3310 into a scratched mess. You can see the rest in the video below. The reviewer somehow gives…

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