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Trump says Twitter removed followers because of 'total bias,' offers no evidence – CNET

Twitter says it’s focused on removing fake accounts to prevent malicious behavior.
Source: CNET

Samsung Galaxy S10 will reportedly come in 5G, Plus, budget versions – CNET

We also get more hints about its first foldable phone.
Source: CNET

Chat fiction startup Hooked unveils ‘Dark Matter,’ its first feature-length thriller

Chat fiction startups have been exploring the types of stories that you can tell in the form text message conversations, and now Hooked is taking that exploration one step further with the launch of “Dark Matter.” The company describes this as its first feature-length story.

“Dark Matter” tells the story of Tasneem (Taz) Singh, a South Asian American student at Stanford who, after the mysterious death of her twin sister, discovers that she has the ability to interact with the paranormal.

The story debuts today on Snapchat, with a new chapter coming out every day until Tuesday, October 30. According to CEO Prerna Gupta, the full script totals 32,000 words — the length of a feature film script or short novel: “I think it’s fair to say this is the longest chat fiction story. It’s certainly the longest one we’ve ever produced for Hooked .”

If you’re not already a chat fiction fan, you may be skeptical about reading something that long in text message format. Gupta admitted that she and her husband Parag Chordia had similar doubts when they started the company together.

“I would be lying if I didn’t say if we also didn’t have that question ourselves,” she told me. “When a new kind of format or really new medium comes up, you start with the basics first. You tell the simplest stories, then as you become more adept at communicating with that format, you can start to go deeper.”

That’s meant going beyond text — “Dark Matter,” for example, will include a voice track and custom illustrations.

Dark Matter excerpt

“The length makes a big difference,” Gupta added. “You can take your time, slow it down and spend more time with world, developing deeper relationships between the characters.”

“Dark Matter” was written by Hooked staff writer Elyse Endick, but Gupta said the writing process was “almost more like a writers room — it was very collaborative, she did a show bible, then at each step she and I and our head of content would sit in a Google Hangout and just kind of flesh it out.”

Although the story is premiering on Snapchat, it will also make its way to the main Hooked app. Gupta said that she’s less focused on owning the distribution channel than on reaching big, global audiences — and distributing via Snapchat can help with that. (The company says 100 million unique readers have accessed its stories across the Hooked app and Snapchat.)

“I’m not trying to be the next Instagram,” she said. “It’s not about the app or any given app. For me, it’s really about our stories.”

And while Snapchat has recently lost some of its luster (daily active user count fell by another 1 percent in its most recent quarter), Gupta said, “I think people are underestimating their whole strategy around entertainment, around being TV for the next generation.”

She added that engagement around Hooked content on Snapchat has been “insane.”

“Why are we investing our resources with Snap? Because of what we’re seeing,” she said. “Our audience and how engaged they are, that’s real.”


Source: TechCrunch

Tap, a new startup from Sam Rosen, wants to be the Google of drinking water

MakeSpace founder and former CEO Samuel Rosen is ready to launch his next venture, and it has little or nothing to do with the on-demand economy. This time, Rosen is setting his sights on the world of water.

Tap aims to be the world’s first public index and global search engine for drinking water.

Plastic water bottles are, in many ways, the scourge of the planet. More than 90 percent of the environmental impact of plastic water bottles happens during manufacture, and the Guardian reported that more than 1 million plastic water bottles were sold a minute across the globe in 2016.

Some people have switched over to reusable water bottles and canteens, but once they do, there is no way to search for water fountains or sources of drinking water. That’s where Tap comes in.

In its first iteration, Tap is a bit like the Waze for water. Using a combination of user-generated content and data from water fountain manufacturers, Tap aims to be a public search engine for where to find water. As it stands now, Tap has more than 34,000 Refill Stations across 30 countries indexed on the app.

But Tap also has ambitions to offer a backend system for water fountain companies. Normally, these companies sell a number of units to airports or other commercial or government properties. Those customers then install the fountains wherever they see fit, and the water fountain company is more or less uninvolved.

However, those companies then need to maintain the fountains, installing new filters and repairing broken parts, etc. But one fountain may be far more trafficked than another, and thus need higher frequency maintenance.

Tap wants to offer an SDK to these companies so that when users report bad filters or a broken water fountain, that information shows up on their dashboard.

Rosen sees an opportunity to generate revenue in a manner similar to Google, offering an advertising product for companies down the line.


Source: TechCrunch

2019 Ford Ranger off-road concepts head to SEMA – Roadshow

Ford Performance will have 150 accessories ready for the truck when it launches.
Source: CNET

GM proposes new, nationwide zero-emissions vehicle standard – Roadshow

The goal: 7 million “long-range” electric cars on the roads by 2030.
Source: CNET

A Futuristic Vision of Tokyo Inspired by 'Blade Runner'

Photographer Tom Blachford listened to the soundtrack while shooting his series *Nihon Noir*.
Source: Wired

Grab the AMD Ryzen 7 2700 with Wraith Spire LED cooler for $265

If you’re assembling your own custom PC, then the AMD Ryzen 7 2700 is one of the best current-gen processors for any desktop build. Better still, it’s now discounted on Amazon for $35, bringing the price down to just $265. A sweet deal for a power-efficient member of the Ryzen lineup.

The post Grab the AMD Ryzen 7 2700 with Wraith Spire LED cooler for $265 appeared first on Digital Trends.


Source: Digital trends

HP Envy x2 review

HP swapped out the ARM processor in its original Envy x2 for a low-power Intel CPU and got what it wanted: Better performance. But in the process, the ball seems to have been dropped in a few other key areas.

The post HP Envy x2 review appeared first on Digital Trends.


Source: Digital trends

How to Keep Lil Trick-or-Treaters Safe on Halloween Night

Glow sticks and retroreflectors can help your kids be seen on Halloween night. Here’s how they work.
Source: Wired

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