RIP, VW Beetle: Volkswagen won’t make a new one

March 15, 2018

Farewell, sweet Beetle. Farewell.Image: Volkswagen Picture me, age 23. I’m shopping around for my first Adult car. While on the Volkswagen lot, surveying sensible Jettas and Passats, a round, enticing shape catches my eye: the Beetle. Should I? Do I dare? I’m tempted. It’s just so freaking cute! And fun! I run my hand along its rotund bumper, picture it in candy apple red, baby blue… yellow! Highway 1, here…


Geek Squad and the FBI have a decade-long relationship

March 12, 2018

More like Narc Squad.Image: Tim Boyle/Getty Who needs probable cause when you have geeks?  That appears to be the thinking of the FBI, which has been working with Best Buy’s computer repair service Geek Squad for at least a decade. And we’re not talking about geeks fixing Bureau computers.  SEE ALSO: The FBI has a ‘huge’ problem with your smartphone Instead, according to documents obtained by the Electronic Frontier Foundation,…


Deleting your Vero account isn’t so simple

March 2, 2018

Deeeeeeelete.Image: vero So you jumped on the bandwagon, and now you’re desperately trying to figure out how to get off.  Welcome to the world of Vero, the Instagram-challenger currently taking social media by storm. The app has seen a surge in downloads over the past week, with people excited about chronological timelines and a promised absence of ads. What they’re less excited about? The questionable history of the company’s CEO. …


Facebook: ‘If we’re not good for your business, you shouldn’t be here’

Facebook's Campbell Brown and Adam Mosseri.Image: code media/recode Facebook is famous for the mantra “move fast and break things.” But these days, the tech giant is all about time well spent, and with that comes a new tagline for everyone to follow:  If you don’t like us, leave.  SEE ALSO: 5 questions Facebook’s ‘privacy principles’ don’t answer That’s what Facebook executives Campbell Brown and Adam Mosseri stressed on Monday during…

February 18, 2018

Apple employees are walking into their office’s glass walls because… karma

At Apple Park, karma's a b*tch.Image: JOSH EDELSON/AFP/Getty Images Apple’s new futuristic, almost all-glass, Cupertino, Calif. campus may be beautiful, but it’s causing some problems for employees. Apparently, Apple workers keep walking into Apple Park’s nifty glass walls. And it’s not just because glass is, ya know, glass: it’s because their faces are buried in their iPhones. Oh Karma, you do have a sense of humor! SEE ALSO: Stunning drone…

February 18, 2018

This competition gets startups to pitch in freezing water for funding

Winner Tatsiana Zaretskaya of Artisun keeps it cool at Polar Bear Pitching 2018.Image:  henri luoma  You’ve likely heard of an elevator pitch, but have you heard of an ice hole pitch?  SEE ALSO: Everything you need to understand the Uber-Waymo legal battle Polar Bear Pitching, as it’s called, is perhaps the most extreme form of startup pitch competitions. Participants withstand snow, ice, and sub-zero temperatures for an opportunity to win…

February 17, 2018

A step-by-step guide on how to revert back to the pre-redesigned Snapchat

Image: Daniel Sambraus/Getty Images All is not well for Snapchat. The app has ticked off its most loyal users with its latest redesign which merges your friends’ snap messages with their Stories.  It’s the app’s first major #facepalm. But good news! There’s a way to switch back to the old Snapchat, and we’re gonna show you how do it. But it does come with one big catch. SEE ALSO: 9…

February 14, 2018

Imagine Facebook and Instagram without the Like button

Off with their thumbs!Image: bob al-greene/mashable The Like button must die.  More than any other feature, the thumbs-up on Facebook — along with its cousins, the Instagram and Twitter hearts — encapsulate everything that’s wrong with social media. It’s time to start visualizing a world where it doesn’t exist. The Like has become the currency of carelessness — a way to show we approve without being deeply invested. In many…

February 12, 2018

Tesla is setting up shop at 800 Home Depot stores

Moving on up.Image: JUSTIN SULLIVAN/GETTY IMAGES Tesla is going mainstream. No, not the electric cars.  Elon Musk is bringing his solar panels and Powerwall batteries to 800 Home Depot locations in the U.S., Bloomberg reported this week. That’s a big boost for the venture, previously known as SolarCity. The products, also available for sale on Tesla’s website, will now be exposed to more customers’ eyes. SEE ALSO: Man avoids rain…

February 10, 2018

Massive hack hits cryptocurrency exchange with $400-million loss

Image: Getty Images/iStockphoto The Japanese cryptocurrency exchange Coincheck was hit hard Friday. A hacker managed to funnel out 500 million NEM coins, a value of more than $424 million USD, one of the exchange’s co-founders said at a news conference in Tokyo Friday, according to Bloomberg. Japan’s Financial Services Agency is also investigating the theft. SEE ALSO: Bye-bye, Bitcoin. It’s all about bananacoins. Coincheck announced in an updating blog post…

February 3, 2018

Tech’s Latest Innovation Looks A Lot Like a Social Club

Last weekend, 150 of tech’s most gifted engineers traveled to an Arizona resort to spend three days at an event that, despite having never happened before, is called Reunion. The group ranged from the semi-famous, like PayPal founder Max Levchin and Microsoft chief technology officer Kevin Scott, to the spectacularly promising, like Stanford junior Nancy Xu. There were a few panels, some company presentations, and a smattering of horseback rides…

January 13, 2018

Mark Zuckerbergs personal challenge is all about fixing Facebook before it implodes

Mark Zuckerberg is arguably the public face of the internet we never chose, but also the one we deserve based on the time we all spend using Facebook products. At some point, Facebook became so big that Zuckerberg’s personal challenges became news. And this year’s personal challenge is not personal at all — it’s all about work. In 2017, Zuckerberg wanted to meet and listen to people in all 50…

January 10, 2018

People want Donald Trump banned from Twitter after his nuclear button tweet

Oh nothing, just a thinly-veiled threat of nuclear war.Image: SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images The president of the United States possibly made another threat of nuclear war on Twitter, but the company doesn’t seem to think the post breaks any of its rules. Donald Trump boasted on Twitter about how his nuclear button was bigger than North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s, and people are calling (again) for the president to be…

January 8, 2018

Here’s what Google recommends Chrome users do in the wake of Spectre

Watch out.Image: Natascha Eibl The new year kicked off with a bang on Jan. 3 when security researchers revealed two major software vulnerabilities that affect, to some extent, most types of computer processors on the planet. Laptops, desktops, Chromebooks, smartphones, and enterprise machines are all potentially at risk, theoretically allowing attackers exploiting what have been dubbed Meltdown and Spectre to steal your passwords and other sensitive data.  And while the…

January 6, 2018

Latin Americas Groupon Mafia

Nathan Lustig is an entrepreneur and managing partner at Magma Partners, a seed-stage investment fund in Santiago, Chile. More posts by this contributor: A new era for startup investing in Latin America The founders of PayPal and its employees have produced many highly successful companies over the years. In fact, PayPal’s founding team often is referred to as the “PayPal Mafia” because they’ve had such an impact on the startup ecosystem….

January 5, 2018

This cryptocurrency is blowing up. But it’s not currency

Image: Getty Images Move over ethereum and litecoin — ripple is suddenly the hot new cryptocurrency.  But ripple is different. It can’t be mined. It can’t be used to go shopping. And it’s operated by a private company. Ripple is still far smaller than bitcoin, the reigning king of cryptocurrencies, but it’s had a remarkable 2017. Ripple has increased by 29,000 percentin the past 12 months, pushing its value to…

January 1, 2018

Here are the 2017 innovations that changed the world

Image: Morgan’s Inspiration Island; eSight; Petit Pli; Manu Prakash/Stanford 2017 may have been a rough year, but there were plenty of inventions, innovations, and gadgets that made the world just a slightly better place. From global health to social justice to humanitarian aid, a slew of scientists, technologists, and activists came together this year to create impactful solutions to some of our most pressing problems. SEE ALSO: 9 incredible ways…

December 29, 2017

After the U.S. is stripped of net neutrality, UK gives everyone a ‘legal right’ to high-speed internet

Image: Getty Images The week after the Federal Communications Commission nixed net neutrality rules in the United States, the United Kingdom decided that all 65 million of its inhabitants have a “legal right” to fast, reliable internet connectivity.  The UK’s Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport announced the decision on Dec. 20, noting that the government will require internet providers to give “everyone access to high speed broadband by…

December 27, 2017

AT&T Credits Trump for Bonus Its Union Already Negotiated

On Wednesday, AT&Ts CEO announced $1,000 bonuses for all AT&T employees. AT&T said the bonuses were the result of corporate tax cuts passed in Congress this week. But the big payout was to President Donald Trumps ego. AT&T was already in talks with its union to give holiday bonuses, that union told The Daily Beast. The telecoms GOP-friendly press release makes it the latest company to praise Trumps legislative agenda…

December 27, 2017

If you’re not ready to unfriend someone, Facebook Snooze can help

Image: facebook Facebook has launched a feature to let you temporarily hide annoying friends from your newsfeed.  The feature, Snooze, allows you to unfollow a person, page, or group for 30 days.  SEE ALSO: Here’s what Facebook’s Australian users talked about the most in 2017 With Snooze, you can clear your News Feed of friends you still like, but who currently won’t stop posting about their recent exotic vacation, wedding,…

December 22, 2017