The White House Has Lifted Its Ban on Photos and Social Media

Big news! Excited to announce we're lifting the ban on cameras and photos on public tours at the @WhiteHouse! https://t.co/b0v17puClm— The First Lady (@FLOTUS) July 1, 2015 Damn, the Obamas are having one helluva run. The latest bit of good news—following the Supreme Court passage of gay marriage and the approval of government-assisted health-care matters—is that the White House has decided to lift its ban on photography and social media. Now anyone with the insurmountable urge to take a selfie in the East Room can have at it. Michelle Obama took to her Twitter account to deliver the news this morning, see more

Study Confirms That We're All Hopelessly Addicted to Our Phones

A new study has confirmed that Americans are hopelessly and irrevocably addicted to their smartphones. While it might not come as a huge surprise that people in the United States are highly dependent on the small supercomputers that have become a staple of modern life, the level to which we're hooked on them is pretty alarming when you put it in numbers. According to Bank of America's latest Trends in Consumer Mobility Report, 38 percent of us never really disconnect from our mobile phones—not even in our sleep. It's especially bad for millennials: 90 percent of people ages 18 to see more

Google Plans to Bring Free Wi-Fi to NYC, Cities Around the World

Google is working on a plan to blanket New York City with free Wi-Fi—and if it works here, it might be implemented in cities around the globe. A Google-backed start-up called Sidewalk Labs announced this week that it plans to replace Manhattan's old telephone booths with pylons that will have screens attached to them. The screens will allow users to browse the Internet and look for local services, as well as charge their phones. Most important, though, each pylon will broadcast a Wi-Fi signal to a 150-foot radius. It's an exciting development that could bring a ton of revenue to see more

A Working Hoverboard Now Exists, Which Means Back to the Future Was Totally Right

The future is here, and it is sexy. On Wednesday, Lexus revealed that it has created a working prototype for a hoverboard that's a hell of a lot sleeker than the one Marty McFly rode in Back to the Future. And while it's not for sale yet, the car brand definitely wants to tie in with the movie's identity. According to Bloomberg, it's planning to release more information about the board on October 21, 2015—the same day McFly and the professor rode their DeLorean into time-travel and film history. The board uses nitrogen-cooled superconductors and magnets to levitate (which see more

Snapchat Doesn't Want to Be Creepy: CEO

Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel isn't just one of the most stylish men in the tech world. He's also one of the few who's running a company you could describe as touchy-feely. "We're like this company of fun, and we're playful. Tech companies are so serious," he said at the Cannes Lions festival over the weekend, where he did a Q&A with Cosmopolitan editor in chief Joanna Coles. "Listening is a core value," he later added, according to The New York Post. "We talk about how we feel." It might not make sense for a firm that's worth some $15 billion, see more

Apple Updates Payment Policy After Criticism From Taylor Swift

How powerful is Taylor Swift? Very powerful. Any doubts about Swift's influence should be silenced after the 25-year-old musician took on the world's biggest company and came out on top over the weekend. Yesterday, the pop star criticized Apple Music's royalties policy in a lengthy Tumblr post titled "To Apple, Love Taylor." "I'm sure you are aware that Apple Music will be offering a free 3 month trial to anyone who signs up for the service," Swift wrote. "I'm not sure you know that Apple Music will not be paying writers, producers, or artists for those three months. I see more

The Future of iPhone Photography Is Here

In 1826 (or 1827, depending on which historian you ask), the first photographic portrait was captured by a camera. Fast-forward 189 years to today and around 70 million photos are uploaded to Instagram, resulting in 2.5 billion likes each day. But, if you ask the next 20 people you meet how photography really works, you're likely to find that no one has a damn clue. Luckily, the fine people at DxO Labs, an image-processing software company based in France, have got our backs. For more than 10 years, DxO Labs has been creating image-processing software so good it has see more

8 Style Apps That Will Change How You Get Dressed

Cloth Live out your street-style dreams with Cloth, where you can save your favorite outfits and share them with your friends. Cloth also uses real-time weather data to advise you on what to wear whether you're in a heat wave or a polar vortex (and will even send you a morning alert with temperature and style tips). see more

The Long, Strange Road to the Driverless Car

For as long as there have been cars, there have been dreamers—in Detroit and Hollywood and in between—imagining a day when cars will drive themselves. The timing of these predictions hasn't always been perfect. Norman Bel Geddes, who designed GM's Futurama exhibition at the 1939 World's Fair, wrote a year later, "Cars of 1960 and the highways on which they drive will have in them devices which will correct the faults of human beings as drivers." Bel Geddes was just a bit overoptimistic about the year, but his projections are being borne out. This summer, Tesla plans to launch its see more

The Taco Emoji Is Finally Here

Feeling #blessed? You should be. That's because after many months of us complaining about its absence, the Internet has finally delivered the ever-important taco emoji, reports Buzzfeed (via Quartz). This is the biggest development since these digital pictograms added varying skin tones and representations of romantic pairings that included gay and lesbian couples and families. And while those inclusions were exciting, they pale in comparison to the almighty taco, because, well, tacos are awesome and should be eaten as often as possible and we should be able to swiftly and succinctly text our friends a picture of them to signal see more
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