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  • [PCMag.com Breaking News] Twitter's New DM Function Pits Brands vs. Harassers: Twitter's new direct messaging function will help big companies reach its users, but only if Twitter cuts down on harassment first.
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  • 'Rock Band 4' will be co-published by hardware company Mad Catz (1393 characters)

    Tue, 21 Apr 2015 16:02:00 -0400'Rock Band 4' will be co-published by hardware company Mad CatzEngadget RSS Feed

    Rock Band creator Harmonix is bringing a roadie along for this year's release of Rock Band 4 -- Mad Catz, the peripheral manufacturer, will co-publish the game on Xbox One and PlayStation 4. Mad Catz is in charge of making all of the wireless instruments in Rock Band 4, but as a co-publisher the company will also lead global sales, promotions and distribution, Global PR Director Alex Verrey says. Harmonix and Mad Catz intend to release Rock Band 4 simultaneously in the US and European territories, Harmonix PR Lead Nick Chester tweeted to a curious fan today.

    Harmonix and Mad Catz still hope to make the instruments from previous Rock Band games compatible with Rock Band 4. "We are working on that; we will confirm when we can!" Chester writes. In March, when Harmonix announced the new Rock Band, CEO Alex Rigopulos said he was "working very closely with Sony and Microsoft" to make backwards compatibility a reality. Using old guitars and drums could save fans some money (if they can dig those instruments out from the back of their closets), and Rigopulos added that Harmonix probably won't even launch a new, full-priced game every year.

    "In addition to DLC expansions, we're thinking of Rock Band 4 more as an ongoing platform model where it can incrementally accrete new functionality over time instead of doing big $60 title releases."

    Filed under: Gaming, HD

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  • Fox, NBC join protest over Verizon?s slimmer bundle plan (368 characters)

    Tue, 21 Apr 2015 16:02:00 -0400Fox, NBC join protest over Verizon?s slimmer bundle planBusiness News, Financial News, Business Headlines & Analysis - The Washington Post

    Consumers are increasingly shunning huge cable bundles, and so it's no wonder that Verizon decided to launch on Sunday new skinny packages tailored around specific genres such as sports and entertainment. The company is bidding to stay relevant as more streaming services pop up, offering consumers more reasons than ever to abandon cable.Read full article >>






  • Nikon Reaches Settlement with Sigma in VR Patent Infringement Lawsuit (1459 characters)

    Tue, 21 Apr 2015 15:53:00 -0400Nikon Reaches Settlement with Sigma in VR Patent Infringement LawsuitPetaPixel

    Back in May 2011, Nikon filed a lawsuit against Sigma, accusing the company of using patented Vibration Reduction (VR) technology in Sigma lenses. In March 2014, a court in Japan recommended that Sigma pay Nikon roughly $14.5 million in damages.

    Today, Nikon announced that it has reached a settlement with Sigma that will close this case for good.

    In a press release published on its website, Nikon announces that it has reached a “judicial settlement” with Sigma as of today. The company says it decided to go with a settlement in order to resolve the matter “swiftly.”

    As part of the settlement, Sigma has agreed to pay Nikon a sum of money — presumably less than the $14.5 million ordered by the courts. That original figure was arrived at by taking how much Sigma was estimated to have made using the infringing products (~$96.66M) and factoring in how much the infringed technology (VR) contributed to the products. The court determined that the Optical Stabilizer (OS) accounts for 15% of a stabilized Sigma lens. Thus, $14.5 million.

    There may also be additional terms of the settlement, but those, along with the exact amount of settlement money, will remain secret as part of a confidentiality agreement between the two Japanese companies. Nikon does say that it “estimates that the financial impact of this settlement is minimal.”

    Image credits: Header graphic based on photo by photographybanzai

  • Researcher says Apple hasn't fixed major OS X security flaw (793 characters)

    Tue, 21 Apr 2015 15:44:00 -0400Researcher says Apple hasn't fixed major OS X security flawEngadget RSS Feed

    Earlier this month, Apple released an update that was supposed to patch a serious flaw in OS X, albeit only for Yosemite users. But, according to a recent report by an independent researcher, the company from Cupertino failed to fix the problem. Objective-See, a website that provides tools to prevent OS X malware, reports that the backdoor security flaw, known as "RootPipe," can still be exploited. The root access vulnerability is a major one too, as it could give anyone with bad intentions a way to take over a user's machine and, if they want, inject malware into the operating system. We've reached out to Apple for comment and will be updating this story if and when it gets back to us.

    Filed under: Desktops, Laptops, Software, Apple

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    Via: ZDNet

    Source: Objective-See

  • Dept of Homeland Security is opening a Silicon Valley office (1174 characters)

    Tue, 21 Apr 2015 15:21:00 -0400Dept of Homeland Security is opening a Silicon Valley officeEngadget RSS Feed

    Security Secretary Jeh Johnson has announced that the Department of Homeland Security will soon open a satellite office in the heart of Silicon Valley. The new location will serve a dual purpose: to solidifying the DHS's relationships with area tech firms, which have been rather strained over the past few years, and as a means of recruiting. "We want to strengthen critical relationships in Silicon Valley and ensure that the government and the private sector benefit from each other's research and development," Johnson told reporters during the RSA Conference on Tuesday. "And we want to convince some of the talented workforce here in Silicon Valley to come to Washington."

    The DHS acts much like a "first responder" in cybercrime incidents, taking the initial investigative lead before coordinating these cases with other federal agencies. "We investigated 265 instances of the Heartbleed vulnerability, and in six weeks narrowed it down to two," Johnson said. And with an office tucked amid many of the companies that are directly affected by these crimes, the DHS hopes to respond even faster.

    Filed under: Internet

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    Source: Daily Beast, Venture Beat

  • Photographers Arrested and Kicked Out of Indonesia for Illegal Photo Shoots (1474 characters)

    Tue, 21 Apr 2015 15:20:00 -0400Photographers Arrested and Kicked Out of Indonesia for Illegal Photo ShootsPetaPixel

    If you’re planning on doing an elaborate photo shoot in a foreign country, make sure you obtain the necessary permits and visas. Otherwise, you may risk arrest and deportation.

    That’s what happened to a couple of American photographers earlier this month. They, along with 13 others involved in the work, were kicked out of Indonesia for doing illegal photo shoots.

    The Jakarta Post reports that the 11 Americans and 4 Canadians were arrested on April 10th for misusing tourist visas for photo shoots. They were reportedly part of a photography workshop called Paradise Challenge.

    The Indonesian government says the group violated immigration regulations by conducting photo shoots on the island of Bali after using tourist visas to enter the country. “They conducted a photo shoot on Bali without a working permit. They just used tourist visas when entering the island,” an immigration official said at a press conference.

    He also stated that the group was investigated for three days by undercover immigration agents, who observed (and filmed) the crew conducting photo shoots in several areas in Bali.

    After further investigation after the arrests, the government determined that the 15 people were all guilty of violating the country’s immigration laws by doing activities that weren’t allowed by their visas. They have since been deported back to their countries of origin.

    Image credits: Header photograph by Bart Speelman

  • Obama administration sets agenda to modernize energy infrastructure (255 characters)

    Tue, 21 Apr 2015 15:01:00 -0400Obama administration sets agenda to modernize energy infrastructureReuters: Environment

    WASHINGTON - The Obama administration on Tuesday laid out an agenda under its Quadrennial Energy Review to modernize the country's energy infrastructure and make it more resilient to challenges ranging from extreme weather to the domestic energy boom.






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  • How I fit a 100-inch projector setup in my NYC apartment (10775 characters)

    Tue, 21 Apr 2015 15:00:00 -0400How I fit a 100-inch projector setup in my NYC apartmentEngadget RSS Feed

    You could call me a bit of a movie fan. I own hundreds of Blu-rays and DVDs, see an obscene amount of movies in theaters and have been podcasting about my obsessive media habits for the past eight years. Movies aren't just mindless fun for me; they're a way of life, a religion. So it was only a matter of time until my 50-inch plasma HDTV started to feel too small and the siren song of an in-home projector came calling. My only problem? I live in Brooklyn. And while my apartment isn't the shoebox you'd normally associate with NYC, it's still a tough space to visualize fitting a projector and a giant screen. This is the story of how I made that happen.

    Dreaming of a giant screen

    So why did I need a projector when I could have just bought a bigger HDTV? That was certainly tempting, especially now that big-screen TVs are getting cheaper every day. But the more I thought about it, I realized that I didn't want a bigger television set taking up space in my living room. I got a great deal on my 50-inch Samsung plasma HDTV back in 2009, and, aside from the lack of 3D, I don't really have a reason to get rid of it. And honestly, even a 70-inch TV wouldn't offer the cinematic scale I really want. No, I wanted a screen that fully recreates the theater experience, something that dwarfs me like the 2001 monolith.

    With all of that in mind, my ideal movie-viewing setup came into focus. I realized I didn't want to completely replace my TV -- given my lack of space, that was just too unrealistic. Instead, I needed a projector experience that could be rolled out for movie and gaming nights, and stowed away the rest of the time. That meant I couldn't go with a traditional wall-mounted projector screen. I needed something portable.

    What to buy

    Your typical projector setup is made up of two things: a projector and a decent screen. After plenty of research, I ended up going with The Wirecutter's recommendation for the best projector under $1,000: the BenQ HT1075. It had all of the features I was looking for: A bright 1080p picture, accurate colors and vertical lens shifting (the ability to maneuver its lens slightly for better placement). It was also surprisingly inexpensive, at around just $800 from Amazon.

    Of course, I fantasized about going straight to a 4K projector. But given their higher prices (starting around $5,000), and a dearth of 4K content, it doesn't seem worth it yet. You can bet I'm upgrading in a few years, though. You can argue about how useful 4K is on 50-inch TVs, but on a projected screen it's indisputably better.

    As for the screen, my options were more limited. After an exhaustive search, I settled on Elite Screens' ezCinema series, which are reflective (the key element of a good screen), very portable (they only take a few minutes to set up and break down) and affordable at $200 to $300. "That's a bingo." I opted for the 100-inch ezCinema model -- pretty much the largest screen I could fit in my living room -- but its 80-inch screen would also be great for smaller apartments.

    Before I ordered anything, I took plenty of measurements to figure out how it would all fit together in my space. The projector calculator at Projector Central was particularly handy for this. In the end, I learned I had enough clearance to display a 100-inch image, but my projector would have to be somewhere behind my couch. That squashed my plan to build a floating shelf for the projector -- I ended up just buying an inexpensive folding bookcase that fit it perfectly.

    For most first-timers, finding a good spot to place your projector and screen will be your biggest problems. If you've got a smaller living space, you should consider a short-throw projector, which can spit out a big image from up close.

    Once I had the main components in mind, I also visualized how, exactly, it would fit into my current home theater setup. Right now I've got a Harman Kardon receiver connected to a set of Onkyo 5.1 surround sound speakers and subwoofer. Most of my A/V components plug into the HDMI ports on the receiver, so I picked up this splitter to feed the receiver's HDMI output to both my TV and the projector.

    If you're eyeing a setup similar to mine, I also recommend an IR blaster so that you can change the volume on your receiver or TV when the projector screen is up (it'll likely block all of your A/V components, so IR remotes won't work). My aging Google TV Blu-ray player handles the IR blaster side of things, but I still have to get up and reach behind the screen if I ever need to change my receiver's input. The only component that gives me trouble with the projector screen is my Apple TV. I can control it wirelessly with Apple's iOS remote app, but I still prefer the convenience of its tiny remote. My fix? I just move the Apple TV to the side of my projector screen whenever I need to.

    Altogether, my entire setup cost around $1,200, a bit less than what you'd pay for a high-end 60-inch HDTV (or a 50-inch 4K set). It wasn't exactly cheap, but it feels like a steal for being able to recreate a theater in my living room.

    Putting it all together

    Unlike TVs, a projector setup isn't just a plug-and-play affair. You have to think about where the projector and screen are located, fine-tune the positioning of both and deal with a slew of other issues. Even the brightest projectors on the market can't compete with daylight, for example, so you'll need to have some blackout curtains on hand if you want to watch anything before sundown.

    Once I had all my components, I first had to figure out where the projector would live. I experimented with a few different locations on my folding bookshelf before I settled on the second-highest shelf, which put the projector around four feet high. That was just enough to get it over my couch, though not high enough to compensate for someone sitting in that seat. It's not ideal, but for now, the left side of my couch is off limits when the projector is going (unless you're reclining, or very short).

    It took a while for me to get used to maneuvering the portable screen -- it's around 20 pounds and very wide -- but it now feels practically second nature. Once you unlatch the (surprisingly sturdy) case, you just need to plant the expansion rod in the center and pull the screen up.

    Once the screen is attached to the expansion rod, a process that takes all of 30 seconds, you just need to move behind it, unlock the rod, pull the screen up to your desired height and lock the rod. I could probably be more scientific about this, but really I just pull it up as far as my arm can reach. That puts the useful area of the screen around three to six feet high, which is ideal for viewing from my couch. After several months, setting up the ezCinema display now just takes me around two minutes, and breaking it down is even faster. And when I'm not using it, I just lean it against my office wall (thankfully I've got high ceilings).

    Fine-tuning

    With the screen up and projector in place, it was time to iron out the wrinkles. My big issue: The projector was spitting out an image that was way too high. I couldn't move it much lower because of my couch, so my only alternative was to angle the projector down slightly with a very high-tech solution: a box under its rear. Generally, that's something you want to avoid.

    Changing the projector angle leads to lens distortion, which you have to fix with special settings in the projector called keystone correction. It's possible to straighten out an off-angle picture, but keystone correction often introduces artifacts in your image. I'm working with a small amount of space, though, so I don't have much of a choice. Luckily, I only have to apply some light keystone correction to fix my distortion issues.

    After I settled on the ideal projector angle, I fit the image into the screen area with the projector's manual zoom and brought everything into focus. At that point, it became clear that even with keystone correction, my image wasn't perfectly rectangular. So to fill every corner of the screen, I have to deal with a bit of spillover. Again, it's not ideal, but it's also not very noticeable when I'm in the middle of a great film.

    Enter the void

    With everything in place, I sat back on my couch, a mere six feet away from the screen, and enjoyed my first home projector experience: the teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. It was like experiencing HDTV for the first time after suffering through standard def my entire life. It was a revelation. I watched that trailer several times back to back, realizing I've been spoiled forever for every other home theater experience that wasn't a gigantic 100-inch screen.

    That was back in December. Since then, I've rewatched the entire Matrix trilogy (and yes, the sequels are more bearable now), The Lord of the Rings trilogy, Terminator 1 and 2 and plenty of classic films. Through the sheer size of the screen, I've noticed countless details in films I'd already seen dozens of times. It's also rekindled my love for animation -- it's hard not to appreciate hand-drawn art when seeing Akira, Princess Mononoke and The Legend of Korra blown up.

    And, as you can imagine, gaming on a 100-inch screen is life-changing. Playing through Dragon Age Inquisition, Forza Horizon and Bloodborne felt all the more immersive. I didn't have any issues with latency, or lag time between your controller inputs and what you see on the screen, although that's something hardcore FPS players should watch out for. It's also difficult for your brain to process such a giant image, so if you play a lot of Call of Duty, your reaction times may end up being a little slower. I found that slower-paced shooters like Destiny were better suited to projector play.

    There are, of course, downsides to watching anything on such a large screen. Artifacts from low-quality streams, badly mastered Blu-rays and DVDs and crummy game engines become more apparent. It's also tough to watch many sitcoms on a big display, because their lighting and cinematography often looks low-rent.

    Wrap-up

    My big takeaway from this whole projector adventure? I'm not sure how I lived without it. It's the single most significant home theater upgrade I've made in my lifetime of movie viewing -- even more so than getting my 50-inch plasma HDTV five years ago, or building up a legitimate surround sound system with grown-up speakers (not just a home theater in a box).

    I still enjoy going to the theater -- even the crowded and noisy NYC variety -- because there's something truly special about the communal experience of film. But being able to worship at the altar of cinema in my living room is simply priceless.

    Filed under: Home Entertainment, HD

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  • UPDATE 2-Judge orders NY transit agency to run 'Killing Jews' ad (278 characters)

    Tue, 21 Apr 2015 14:53:00 -0400UPDATE 2-Judge orders NY transit agency to run 'Killing Jews' adReuters: Cyclical Consumer Goods

    NEW YORK, April 21 (Reuters) - A federal judge on Tuesday ordered New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority to display on its buses a controversial ad that refers to Muslims killing Jews, rejecting the argument that the ad could incite terrorism or imminent violence.

  • A lot of Americans check government data online, but few think the government is good at sharing it (262 characters)

    Tue, 21 Apr 2015 14:52:00 -0400A lot of Americans check government data online, but few think the government is good at sharing itBusiness News, Financial News, Business Headlines & Analysis - The Washington Post

    President Obama has made a big deal about making it easier for people to access data the government collects -- even signing an executive order in 2013 aimed at making so-called "open data" the new default for government information.Read full article >>






  • Wonkblog: Chart: The daily routines of history?s most creative people (283 characters)

    Tue, 21 Apr 2015 14:44:00 -0400Wonkblog: Chart: The daily routines of history?s most creative peopleBusiness News, Financial News, Business Headlines & Analysis - The Washington Post

    Ludwig Van Beethoven was an early bird. Pablo Picasso? Not so much. And Franz Kafka, well, he basically subsisted on two long naps each day.The lives of some of the most creative people history has seen vary not only in length or era, but also routine.Read full article >>






  • UPDATE 2-Philippines accuses China of turning water cannon on its fishing boats (270 characters)

    Tue, 21 Apr 2015 14:39:00 -0400UPDATE 2-Philippines accuses China of turning water cannon on its fishing boatsReuters: Non-Cyclical Consumer Goods

    MASINLOC, Philippines, April 21 (Reuters) - Filipino activists denounced China's coast guard on Tuesday for turning water cannon on Philippine fishing boats in disputed waters, near where hundreds of Filipino and American Marines landed on a beach in a mock assault.

  • JXE Streams: Me, you and Mewtwo in 'Super Smash Bros. for Wii U' (1281 characters)

    Tue, 21 Apr 2015 14:30:00 -0400JXE Streams: Me, you and Mewtwo in 'Super Smash Bros. for Wii U'Engadget RSS Feed

    Nintendo's reticence to make downloadable content has been exasperating this past decade. Is it admirable to focus on making full games, the whole thing complete and defined when it ships on a disc? Of course, but it's also exciting to see games turn into thriving ecosystems of change. Super Smash Bros. for Wii U has already been tweaked, balanced and updated multiple times since its release last fall, but it was only this month that it expanded through big DLC. Mewtwo, the formidable Pokémon fighter last seen in Super Smash Bros. Melee, is back and we're checking out his moves with The A.V. Club's own Matt Gerardi on today's stream.

    Catch a look at Mewtwo in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U starting at 3:30PM ET on Twitch.tv/Joystiq , Engadget.com/gaming and here in this post. We'll be playing crazy matches with far too many amiibo. Will Mewtwo's skills let us fend off the vicious AI waiting inside a Rosalina amiibo? Tune in to find out.

    If you dig the streams and want more, make sure to follow us on Twitch.tv/Joystiq and to bookmark Engadget.com/gaming to get a look at our upcoming schedule.

    [We're playing a retail disc of Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, streamed through an Elgato Capture HD via OBS at 720p.]

    Filed under: Gaming, HD, Nintendo

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  • U.S. House seen passing cyber threat information bill Wednesday (273 characters)

    Tue, 21 Apr 2015 14:18:00 -0400U.S. House seen passing cyber threat information bill WednesdayReuters: Cyclical Consumer Goods

    WASHINGTON, April 21 (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives is expected to consider, and pass, on Wednesday a long-awaited bill that would make it easier for companies to share information about cybersecurity threats with the government without fear of lawsuits.

  • WhatsApp's voice calls arrive on iOS (694 characters)

    Tue, 21 Apr 2015 14:14:00 -0400WhatsApp's voice calls arrive on iOSEngadget RSS Feed

    When its calling feature hit Android gadgets a couple weeks ago, WhatsApp founder Brian Acton said the tool would make its way to iOS soon enough. Well, today's the day. WhatsApp calling is rolling out to folks wielding Apple devices, allowing you to chat with friends and family around the world. If you'll recall, the feature uses WiFi rather than a data connection, so you won't have to worry about international rate hikes. While the new version of the app is already available at iTunes, the release notes warn that the calling feature is rolling out slowly, so it may not be available for you immediately.

    Filed under: Internet, Software, Mobile, Facebook

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    Source: iTunes

  • Don?t use all your mobile data in a month? This company will give you a refund. (349 characters)

    Tue, 21 Apr 2015 14:12:00 -0400Don?t use all your mobile data in a month? This company will give you a refund.Business News, Financial News, Business Headlines & Analysis - The Washington Post

    Suppose you have a 5 GB monthly data plan from your cellular carrier. If you're a light user, you probably don't surf enough Internet to consume it all.Now, one carrier is offering to refund the data that you don't use every month, in hopes of attracting budget-conscious customers willing to try something different.Read full article >>






  • Tomorrowland trailer (1346 characters)

    Tue, 21 Apr 2015 14:11:00 -0400Tomorrowland trailerkottke.org

    Ok, even though George Clooney's character says "you ain't seen nothing yet" in the trailer, I am cautiously optimistic that Tomorrowland won't actually suck. Brad Bird is directing, for one thing.

    Interesting thing about Clooney: even though he's one of the biggest movie stars in the world, aside from Gravity, he's never really had a big summer blockbustery sort of hit. Only six of his films have grossed more than $100 million...compare that with Will Smith or even Matt Damon, both of whom are younger. Perhaps Tomorrowland will be Clooney's Pirates of the Caribbean or Bourne.

    1. The list of actors sorted by box office gross is fascinating, btw. The top five: Tom Hanks, Morgan Freeman, Samuel L. Jackson, Harrison Ford, and Eddie Murphy, three of whom are black. The first woman on the list is Cameron Diaz at #13 (and then Cate Blanchett at 21, Helena Bonham Carter at 22, Emma Watson at 25, and Julia Roberts at 26). Sorting by average gross isn't working for me, but I scanned through and found the top five (who have been in 6 or more films): Emma Watson (whose movies gross $191.6 million on average), Daniel Radcliffe, Taylor Lautner, Rupert Grint, and Liam Hemsworth.

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  • EliteDaily Misuses Photo for Viral Article, Writer Then Responds to Complaints with Ridicule (1958 characters)

    Tue, 21 Apr 2015 14:07:00 -0400EliteDaily Misuses Photo for Viral Article, Writer Then Responds to Complaints with RidiculePetaPixel

    It seems that the viral content blog EliteDaily hasn’t learned its lesson despite the current copyright infringement lawsuit being brought by photojournalist Peter Menzel. Another photo has been misused for a viral article, and photographers aren’t happy with how the writer is responding.

    The controversy started last week when staff writer Gigi Engle published a post titled “Dear Anxiety: Instead Of Being Toxic, You Turned Me Into A Stronger Person.” The piece has since attracted over 11,000 likes on Facebook.

    At the top of the story was a photo of a woman named Claudia by Brooklyn-based photographer Sam Fan. The problem is, neither Fan nor his subject were asked whether the photo could be published and used as the “face of anxiety.”

    Photographers began to speak out against the website and Engle on Twitter:

    @EliteDaily @GigiEngle Using a photographers image without permission OR proper credit is NOT ok. Please amend this in your anxiety article

    — Scott Borrero (@ScottBorrero) April 20, 2015

    Apparently @EliteDaily doesn't care much for artists, and neither do their "writers" @GigiEngle

    — Rebecca Rae Barton (@rebeccarae) April 21, 2015

    Engle responded to some of the messages saying that the photo isn’t her responsibility, but the EliteDaily photo department’s:

    Those initial responses have since been deleted by Engle. As photographers continued to question her about the photo usage, Engle began responding with blocks and ridicule:

    On the other hand, Fan is still waiting to hear back:

    Thanks @OmarZRobles @senenllanos @ScottBorrero I've been trying to contact @GigiEngle since last week but never respond smh

    — samalive (@samnotalive) April 21, 2015

    As of the time of this post, the photo is still being used on the viral post, albeit with a credit link to Fan’s Tumblr website, where the image was presumably found by EliteDaily.

  • Google's mobile search prioritizes sites optimized for phones (964 characters)

    Tue, 21 Apr 2015 14:02:00 -0400Google's mobile search prioritizes sites optimized for phonesEngadget RSS Feed

    Google announced in February that it would start highlighting mobile-friendly sites on phone searches -- today, that update is finally here. Now, when you search Google on your phone, you're more likely to see results that are optimized for smaller screens, rather than desktop sites that require a lot of tapping and zooming. Basically, it's a kick in the pants to lazy web developers who haven't yet catered to the growing number of mobile internet users. The update only applies to phones -- not tablets -- and Google notes that it affects individual pages, not entire sites. It also won't stop desktop sites from showing up in mobile searches if they rank highly enough. You can test the mobile friendliness of your site with this test, or by running the Google's Mobile Usability Report on your site. Naturally, if you don't spruce up your site, you can expect a drop in mobile traffic from Google.

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  • UPDATE 1-AriZona iced tea founders settle buyout dispute (263 characters)

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