Reddit has had it up to here with the trolls in its forums and is finally doing something about it. In fact, Reddit’s doing a lot of somethings. In a post to the company’s official blog this morning, Reddit admins explained that while a vast majority of the site’s 9,000 or so boards are generally civil. However, too many users are being dissuaded from participating on account of the abuse and harassment they receive from the site’s trolls. In fact, a recent survey of 15,000 Reddit users shows that “the number one reason Redditors do not recommend the site-even though they use it themselves-is because they want to avoid exposing friends to hate and offensive content.” That’s a major indictment and a big problem for Reddit as a company (not to mention its bottom line).
As such, Reddit has taken a number of steps over the past few months to become more transparent and responsive to its users’ concerns. The company released its first Annual Transparency Report in January, banned revenge porn in March and yesterday provided a more complete explanation about what content admins remove for legal reasons. Today, the company defined harassment as:
Systematic and/or continued actions to torment or demean someone in a way that would make a reasonable person (1) conclude that reddit is not a safe platform to express their ideas or participate in the conversation, or (2) fear for their safety or the safety of those around them.
Reddit is stressing that this policy change “is specifically designed to prevent attacks against people, not ideas.” Users that feel they are being harassed — in-thread, via a private message, or even through an external site that links back to Reddit — are urged to contact the mods at email@example.com. Of course, reporting the harassment should in no way dissuade users from responding to their attackers with righteous logic as Balpreet Kaur did recently.
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Source: Reddit Blog
Rdio has announced a new tier in their streaming subscription offerings called Rdio Select. This plan runs just $3.99 per month, making it one of the most affordable music streaming options available. It’s not as fully featured as something like a Spotify or Google All-Access subscription, but depending on your listening habits it might work for you.
The sub gives you enhanced radio streaming options, including endless radio playback based on any artist, song, genre, etc., plus a personalized radio station with no skip limits and no ads. Not bad for four bucks. You’ll also be able to stream music at a very high 320 kbps bitrate, which is fantastic for those of you that are bothered by low quality audio.
On top of the better radio features, you can also locally store 25 songs for offline playback. That’s definitely not enough to replace a massive Spotify library, but it is enough to store an album or two offline to listen to on a road trip without burning up your mobile data for the month. And with this Rdio Select sub costing half of what some other big names cost, that could be a very worthwhile trade-off.
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Quick Charge 2.0 is a highly coveted feature in smartphones today, and rightly so. HTC claims it’ll charge the J Butterfly from dead to full in 110 minutes–even less to get a 50% charge. However, if you have a Quick Charge 2.0 device, you’re going to need a compatible AC adapter.
Aukey has an excellent Qualcomm certified Quick Charge-compatible adapter, and it’s on sale for a mere $11 through Amazon. However, to take advantage of the sale pricing, you’ll need to use coupon code 8L2O86R8 during checkout. If you’re in a rush, it does have Prime shipping, so if you’re a Prime member you can get it in a day for $3.99 or two days with free two-day shipping.
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While the HTC One M9 has its fans, there are also a number of people who have criticized the latest flagship for not doing enough to set itself apart from its predecessor. Not only is the design very similar to the M8 but even the specs aren’t a dramatic jump forward, especially when it comes to the 1080p display. For those that were hoping for a bit more from the One M9, you might want to take a look at the latest iteration of the HTC J Butterfly.
Although the body of this phone is plastic instead of metal, the insides are as premium as ever with a 5.2-inch QHD display, a Snapdragon 810 processor, a 2700 mAh battery, 3GB RAM, 32GB storage with microSD, BoomSound front-facing speakers, a 20.2MP duo camera and a 13MP front cam. The J Butterfly (HTV31) is available in three different colors (red/white/blue) and it also sports water-resistance.
The J Butterfly will be heading to Japan, exclusively through carrier KDDI, later this summer. It is also very possible the phone will be re-branded as the Butterfly 3 in other markets. For those in the United States, it is less likely that you’ll ever see the device officially launched, though anything is possible.
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So why did HTC hold off these special extra (high-end duo camera, better front facer, QHD), instead of releasing them with the M9? That’s a good question, though really only HTC knows the answer to that.
Not too long ago, AA’s Nirave wrote a post about how Sony and HTC could risk falling further behind the crowd, due to their design/hardware decisions made with the Xperia Z4 and One M9. Whether you agree or not, it is interesting that HTC choice to forgo extras like QHD on its primary flagship, only to turn around and include them in other devices like the One M9+, E9+, and now the J Butterfly.
Do you think that HTC made the right move by avoiding the QHD trend with its flagship? Conversely, would J Butterfly-level specs have been enough to sell you on the One M9, even if design stayed largely the same?
Apple has pushed back the target release date of its home automation platform, HomeKit. According to a new report from Fortune that cites sources involved with the program, the May-June target launch date has shifted to late August or September.
HomeKit, announced at last year’s Worldwide Developers Conference, is Apple’s platform that links multiple home automation devices together with a single set of protocols to allow them to be controlled through the Apple ecosystem. Apple has demoed HomeKit just once, back in June, and at the time, the company did not give a prospective release date.
Many manufacturers began preparing HomeKit-compatible products following the initial debut of the platform, and several of those were shown off at CES. iDevices, for example, introduced a HomeKit-enabled smart plug, while Schlage demoed its “Schlage Sense” smart lock designed to work with HomeKit.
At CES, many of the companies gave prospective spring release dates for their products, leading us to believe that HomeKit was perhaps going to debut during April or May, but Fortune‘s sources say HomeKit is not quite ready for an official launch. Apple may, however, show off the platform again in the near future, perhaps at this year’s Worldwide Developers Conference alongside an updated Apple TV.
Sources close to the situation say Apple is planning a smaller announcement around HomeKit in the near term, but not the official launch. Apparently, making it easy to sign in and get your devices (door locks, light blubs, et cetera) online is much harder to do than Apple anticipated. One source says the code base associated with that part of the process “blew up” and required way too much memory for smaller, battery-powered devices, so Apple is trying to shrink the code back down to size.
HomeKit promises to make a major advance towards a introducing a fully connected home, using the Apple TV as an automation hub and relying on Siri for simple voice commands to control hardware in the home. With HomeKit-enabled products, Apple’s voice assistant Siri can be asked to perform tasks like “Close the garage,” “Turn off the lights,” or “Lower the temperature.”
When HomeKit is ready to launch, manufacturers will have a wide selection of products available that will work with the system. Apple finalized its HomeKit specification in October and is working with several notable partners include Philips and Honeywell, among others.
Earlier today, Microsoft unveiled Hyperlapse, an app for Windows Phone, Windows PCs, and Android devices, according to PhoneScoop. Android’s version is currently a beta for now. Catch a video of Hyperlapse here.
The app can stabilize unsteady footage or create fast-moving time-lapse videos with playback speeds between 1x and 32x. Existing video files can be imported from the device’s camera roll.
Importantly, if you’d like to use Hyperlapse on your Android, there are some tasks you must do. First, you need to join the Microsoft Hyperlapse Mobile for Android Preview community on Google+. Next, become a tester by vising this link. Finally, wait 10 minutes to two hours as the Play Store replicates permissions. Click the second link again and follow the subsequent download link to install apps from the Play Store.
For now, the app only works on the following devices running Android 4.4 or later:
- Samsung Galaxy S5, S6, S6 Edge, and Note 4
- Google Nexus 5 and 6, Nexus 9 tablet
- HTC One M8 and M9
- Sony Xperia Z3
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For most of us, ultra-realistic racing games like Gran Turismo and Forza Motorsport are as close as we’ll ever get to driving the world’s most luxurious motors. We’ve drooled over Rimac Automobili’s Concept_One electric hypercar for years, but given that only eight have ever been made, our chances of getting behind the wheel seem pretty slim. Now, the EV has been added to Driveclub, giving you the chance to thrash the high performance racer around Norway, Scotland, Chile and more. If you need a reminder, the $980,000 car boasts a carbon fibre body and 1088 horsepower, which can take you from 0-62 mph in 2.8 seconds. Its green credentials might be irrelevant on a virtual racetrack, but hopefully you can appreciate them all the same in Evolution Studios’ (no longer broken) racer.
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If you use the Starbucks app with a linked credit card to pay for java with your phone, now would be a good time to change your account password. The Seattle-based coffee company confirmed Wednesday that some of its customers had funds withdrawn from the credit card linked to the app without their knowledge. However, Starbucks says that the hack does not expose any personal data nor does it affect payments with the Apple Watch. The company has yet to issue a patch for the vulnerability, instead deflecting blame towards its customers (and their poor password choices) for instigating the issue. As such, app users would do well to unlink their credit card, then change the account password before relinking it. Or maybe just pay with cash next time.
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Source: CNN Money
You now have an easy way to follow your favorite Twitch game streamers on a big screen without splurging on a console or Fire TV. The live video service has just launched a channel for Roku players, helping you keep up with tournaments and “let’s play” sessions on a cheap and cheerful media hub. The interface will seem familiar if you’ve used Twitch’s other apps, but that’s not exactly a major gripe. Give it a spin today if you’d rather watch a DOTA 2 match than Don Draper.
Source: Roku Stream Blog
Tiny flying machines are quickly occupying our airspace, but before we go too far down the Skynet rabbit hole, let’s have some fun. The half-ounce SKEYE Nano Drone is the world’s smallest quadcopter, primed for airborne stunts and envy-baiting photos on Facebook. Ready to fly straight out of the box, this high-thrust lightweight drone is perfect for stunt flying, with a 6-axis flight control system enabling banked turns, flips and figure eights — quick adaptations even for rookie pilots.
Beginner and advanced flight modes offer a confident flying experience through the 7- to 10-minute total flight time per charge, with a range of 50 meters. At night, the LED lights are great for a little UFO speculation among friends, while crash landings are a bit less scary with 4x spare rotors included.
At $34.99, the SKEYE Nano Drone measures just 1.57 x 1.57 inches for easy transport and tight maneuvering indoors or around tight corners. Ridiculously fun flying is entry-level easy.
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