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Tinder Gold: Now You Can See Who Swiped Right


31.08.2017

Tinder Gold Tinder Gold, a paid tier of the dating app, is coming to the US after months of testing. It was available in limited markets including Canada, United Kingdom, Mexico, and Germany. This new feature allows people to see everyone who has swiped right on them, as well as a range of other features. The members-only subscription also includes unlimited likes, the passport feature so that you can like people anywhere. It also includes the ability to undo swipes, and an extra number of Super Likes and Boosts. Tinder claims its paid service has helped users receive 60 percent more likes than its free version. Tinder Gold is designed to be an upgrade on top of its current optional subscription plan, Tinder Plus. For another $4.99 a month. But by far the most dramatic change is what Tinder refers to as the Likes You feature. This lets you see…

Synchronize Rooms With The Same Music


30.08.2017

Multi Room Speaker Amazon announced this week that its Amazon Echo units can now serve as a multi-room speaker system. Echo users can now synchronize music across devices in their home. Later, this feature will extend to controls for multi-room music on other connected speakers. If you own more than one Echo, Echo Dot or Echo Show, you can ask all of them to play the same song in multiple rooms. Or, if you prefer, you can ask each one to play a different one. “In just the last few months, we’ve added dozens of new features to Alexa that enhance your entertainment experience—control of Amazon Fire TV and your home entertainment systems via Echo; music lyrics, Amazon Video, and movie trailers on Echo Show; and activity-based music searches—and we’re just getting started,” said Toni Reid, Vice President, Amazon Alexa. Synchronized Devices “Today, we’re making Alexa even smarter with an…

Cannabis Website Raises $4.1 Million In Funding


29.08.2017

Cannabis Website Funding HERB, a Toronto and LA based cannabis website, has raised $4.1 million in seed funding. The funding round was led by Lerer Hippeau Ventures, with participation from Slow Ventures, Buddy Media co-founder Michael Lazerow, Shiva Rajarama, Liquid 2 Ventures, Shopify CEO Tobi Lutke, Shopify COO Harley Finkelstein and Adam Zeplain. Liquid 2 Ventures is led by former Hall-of-Fame footballer, Joe Montana. Speaking about the venture, Montana said: “During our research into the cannabis industry, it became clear to both myself and our team at Liquid 2 Ventures that HERB was the most professionally run business for relevant, informative, cannabis content.” He added, “With the trend quickly leaning toward national or even global legalization, we think it will be imperative that there is a reliable source of educational content, which will ensure that cannabis consumers are well-informed about the benefits as well as the risks of using the plant.”…

LCD Soundsystem Launch Virtual Reality Single


24.08.2017

LCD Soundsystem Reunion LCD Soundsystem parted ways in 2011 only to reunite 5 years later. To launch their comeback they have released a VR experience to coincide with the release of their new album ‘American Dream’. “Dance Tonite”, developed with Google, is soundtracked by ‘American Dream’. It witnesses a fabricated dance party that takes place across multiple rooms. Dance Tonite resides on a single URL and depending on your device, gives users different roles within the experience. Virtual Reality Without a VR headset (viewing on your laptop, for example), the default view is a bird’s eye perspective. You can click and hold on individual dancers to see their POV. If you use a VR headset, like Daydream View, you’re in one of the rooms watching dancers around you. Diving in with room-scale VR kit like Oculus Rift (or a similar device that reflects your physical movements in the virtual environment)…

Spotify Removes Hate Bands From Service


18.08.2017

Spotify Hate Bands Spotify has removed several bands classified as “hate bands” by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), according to a report from Billboard.  The streaming service made the decision to remove the content after Digital Music News shared a list of 37 white supremacist musicians available on the app. In 2014, the Southern Poverty Law Center published a report on racism and digital music titled ‘Music, Money, and Hate’. It concluded that there were at least 54 white supremacist bands selling music on iTunes that Apple was profiting from. Apple responded to the report by removing the bands. However, SPLC noted at the time that Spotify and Amazon were slow to do the same. Now, a Spotify spokesperson has confirmed to Billboard that several of the artists have pulled from streaming. Others are under review. “Spotify takes immediate action to remove any such material as soon as it…

Now There Are Audiobooks For Your Pets


11.08.2017

Audiobook Prank In an April Fool’s Day prank this year Amazon introduced Petlexa, an animal-friendly version of its Alexa voice assistant. Nonetheless, now the spoof is becoming a reality with the launch of audiobooks for pets who may be home alone. Today, Audible announced a new brand of books with Cesar Millan. He is a longtime dog behaviourist and the Emmy-nominated host of the TV series ‘Dog Whisperer With Cesar Millan’. The series, Audible for Dogs, aims to help make dogs “calmer and happier”. Titles include “A Dog’s Purpose,” “Soldier Dogs” and “The Art of Racing in the Rain.” Academic Study According to Audible, the series was inspired by a 2015 academic study. It found dogs that listen to audiobooks were more likely to have lower stress when left alone than those that listened to music. As a result, Audible teamed up with Milan’s Dog Psychology Center to study 100…

FaceApp Removes Racist Filters

Racially Themed Filters The popular “FaceApp” has removed a series of racially-themed filters following a backlash against the app. Users branded the filters “problematic”, “gross” and even akin to “blackface”. The popular app uses Snapchat-style face filters to transform users’ faces into different looks. It can make your face look older or younger, for example, or make a woman’s face look like a man’s. But in its most recent update, the app also added a series of “ethnicity change filters” called “Black,” “Asian,” “Indian,” or “Caucasian. The new filters quickly attracted criticism on Twitter, where users branded them “problematic”, “racist”, “gross” and even akin to “blackface”. FaceApp Backdown FaceApp initially tried to defend the ethnicity filters from the barrage of controversy. The company released a statement in which they insisted that they had been “designed to be equal in all aspects”. By late afternoon Wednesday, the app had removed the fliters.…

Blue: The Dating App For Twitter Users


04.08.2017

Finally, an app to weed out the weak on social media. A new app is looking to romantically match folks who are verified Twitter users. Blue, by Loveflutter, has launched a new version of their existing dating app. It only allows Twitter users with that little blue tick to search for love, and only amongst their fellow blue-tick holders. The original Loveflutter has been around for awhile. It creates matches based on shared interests (innovative!). Now it focuses on analysing tweets and Twitter activity to match people. And with that switch, so was born Blue. Verified Users For the verified users, the app is rolling out in San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, London and Tokyo. However, it will only go live once it has 1,000 local members. So, maybe never. Of the just over 300 million users on Twitter, around 150,000 are verified, with about 25 percent of them…

Ikea To Sell Solar And Battery Packs


02.08.2017

Ikea and Renewables Ikea, the Scandinavian home furnishing giant, is to venture into the area of renewable energy. In Britain, the company is to begin selling solar panels and home storage batteries. The products include panels that integrated with existing roofing solutions provided by Solarcentury, a UK solar power company, which includes a 25-year guarantee on the panels themselves, as well as s six-year warranty on installation and every aspect of the system hardware. A solar panel on the roof of your home extends a little beyond the usual Ikea affordable price range. The cost of such a unit starts at around $4,000. However, combined with home storage batteries, users could see savings in the long run. British electricity companies have recently announced that they are increasing their prices. British Gas confirmed that they will hike prices for electricity customers by 12.5%. With the rising cost of utility bills for…