SurveyMonkey study finds social media apps ruled mobile in first half of 2016

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 A new study from SurveyMonkey Intelligence revealed the 30 most-downloaded and most-used apps in the American iOS and Android app stores so far this year. Social media apps like Facebook, Snapchat and Instagram ruled over mobile games in the first six months of 2016. Because Pokémon Go was released in the U.S. on July 6, that wildly popular new title didn’t even show in the… Read More Read more »

Will Facebook be your next call center operator?

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 How would you describe Facebook? Historically, it’s been the social hub of billions of users looking to stay connected with friends and family. Yet in recent years, it’s become more difficult to describe Facebook in a few words — it’s a place for businesses to share info with consumers, advertisers to market to target audiences, media to deliver news and a place to… Read More Read more »

Young seal thinks he’s people; makes the public toilet his new home

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A visitor to Devonport Mersey Vale Cemetery in Tasmania got a bit of a shock trying to use the public bathrooms when they discovered a 129 kilogram male fur seal tucked up for a nap in the toilet block. Karina Moore of the Devonport City Council tells Mashable Australia that the visitor notified council workers at the cemetery, after discovering the tired and grumpy ball of fur and flippers. SEE ALSO: Some pranksters dumped a 1.7 metre crocodile in a 16-year-old girl's bathroom The location was particularly unusual, Moore says, because of the toilet blocks lack of proximity to a water way. "He would have had to cross a main road and quite a few paddocks to reach his final destination, sleeping in those toilets," she said. Read more... More about Funny , Seal , Australia , and Watercooler Read more »

Oculus update paves the way for room-scale VR on the Rift

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 The Rift’s best days are still ahead of it as Facebook’s virtual reality company prepares to drastically improve user experience by introducing its room-scale tracked motion Touch controllers in Q4 of this year. An update to Oculus Home is apparently prepping for Touch’s arrival by enabling users to connect multiple Oculus camera sensors to enhance movement tracking and… Read More Read more »

Radiologist hilariously recreates celebrity photos to fundraise for cancer patients

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Sydney radiologist Mark Udovitch knows just how garbage it is to be sick. Looking to raise awareness and funds for adults living with cancer, as part of the Dry July campaign , Udovitch began to recreate photos of celebrities with only a tiny budget and luscious, soon-to-be-donated locks. SEE ALSO: Eye doctor reaches out to nearsighted Pokemon Go players Speaking with Mashable Australia Udovitch said he decided to shave his head after a patient, who had undergone a mastectomy, broke down prior to her treatment at his work. When he asked her what was wrong, she explained that "losing her hair was extremely psychologically distressing and that losing her hair was worse than losing her breast." It was the profoundness of this — and her explanation that wig libraries for patients only had synthetic and fake-looking wigs — that solidified his decision to "stop getting haircuts and grow my hair out to be shaved for a wig library." Read more... More about Doctor , Funny , Photography , Fundraising , and Australia Read more »

This ‘Harry Potter’ nursery is so perfect the artist must have used magic to create it

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This is certainly an upgrade from the cupboard under the stairs. Parents Kaycee and Casey Daniel went all out when creating their baby's Harry Potter -themed nursery with artist Nate Baranowski . SEE ALSO: A baby Mandrake is the star of this magical 'Harry Potter' photo shoot "Our Harry Potter nursery is finally complete after several months of planning! I absolutely love the way everything turned out!" Daniel said as she posted pictures of the room to Facebook . "As I sit here rocking our little man to sleep it's like I am in Hogwarts!" Image: Kristi Lee photography The Daniels worked with artist Nate Baranowski to make sure every detail was perfect – and the whole project took him five days to paint. Read more... More about Entertainment , Watercooler , Mashreads , Family , and Nursery Read more »

Weekly Roundup: Elon Musk’s master plan, Peter Thiel speaks at RNC and iPhone 7 leak

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 History was made this week in tech as Peter Thiel wowed the crowd at the RNC, Elon Musk exposed Master Plan Part Deux and we saw yet another iPhone 7 leak. Read More Read more »

Gillmor Gang LIVE 07.22.16

 Gillmor Gang – Keith Teare, Frank Radice, Kevin Marks, and Steve Gillmor. LIVE recording session has concluded for today. Our live chat stream during the show broadcast Gillmor Gang’s Facebook page HERE G3’s archive on ustream G3’s Facebook page HERE Read More Read more »

Crunch Report | Early Niantic “Pokemon GO” Investor

Tito Hamze sits down for an interview with early Niantic investor Cyan Banister, Unilever buys Dollar Shave Club for $1 billion, Facebook Messenger hits 1 billion users, Pokemon Go launch is postponed in Japan, and Swiftkey releases an emoji prediction app. All this on Crunch Report. Read More Read more »

Facebook wants to use fluorescence to make its laser drones work better

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 A team of physicists and electrical engineers at Facebook published a new idea for using luminescence to improve signal detection in free-space optical communication today. Facebook, in a partnership with Internet.org, has been developing drones to deliver basic internet access to remote locations around the globe. Last year, the company came out with a plan, codenamed Project Aquila, to… Read More Read more »